Rye Harbour RNLI welcomes Beth to East Sussex

Lifeboats News Release

‘Beth Foot Forward’ is a fundraising initiative involving Beth Wickes walking to all the lifeboat stations in Great Britain.

Beth walker and crew from Rye Harbour at the boathouse

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Beth receives a warm welcome from Tony Edwards LOM and Rye Harbour team

Her journey began on October 3 2018 at Tower Lifeboat Station. She arrived in Sussex, Rye Harbour today, 28 October, and received a warm welcome from Tony Edwards, LOM (Lifeboat Operations Manager) the crew, shore crew and press officer.

Beth said, ‘I am looking forward to walking the Sussex Coastal Path in all its variety. It was good to receive such a warm welcome from the Rye Harbour Station.’

KT Bruce, Press Officer at the station, walked with Beth for part of the journey and asked her what her motivation was to have taken on this challenge. Beth explained, ’I found University a pretty stressful experience as I was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia at the end of my first year. I was a mature student and was tempted to give up on more than one occasion but that’s not me. I knew that if I gave up I would feel worse than actually ploughing on and completing it. If I start something I see it through to the end. After three years I needed a break, a holiday and some time to de-stress, to heal from the three bereavements I have suffered in seven years and to walk. I thought about it long and hard and came up with the idea of walking around the coast of Britain - and what better way to do this than by raising funds for two charities close to my heart: the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue who are all volunteers, including those who run it, and the RNLI. I felt that both they and I would both benefit from the experience.’

Beth is walking from Hastings RNLI station tomorrow to Pevensey Bay. You can follow her journey by her Facebook group

Beth Foot Forward’s Charity Coastal Walk

Twitter @BethFootForward

And if you can offer accommodation or packed lunches do get in touch:

beth@bethfootforward.co.uk

Please support this brilliant cause and help both her named charities and be part of the journey.

RNLI Media contacts

Kt Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 Kt@ktbrucephotography.com

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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Beth who is walking the coastal path and Tony Edwards

RNLI/KT Bruce

Beth Wickes and Tony Edwards LOM
walkers supporting Beth on her way to Hastings

RNLI/KT Bruce

Eric Brown and Thelma his wife and Paul Alford who supported Beth on her walk to Hastings
the red hut on the Nature reserve with Beth and KT

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Beth and KT Bruce Press Officer at Rye Harbour walking towards Hastings RNLI

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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