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RNLI - 911 Challenge - Stop 77- Tighnabruaich Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

The Challenge: To drive to all 238 RNLI Lifeboat stations in 911 hours!

Customised Porsche 911- Atlantic 85 on the road!

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Belinda & James Richardson a young (at heart) retired couple from London have been fervent supporters of the RNLI since owning an inflatable on the Thames over 20 years ago. They also have had a passion for owning a Porsche 911 for more than 50 years! We wanted to put something back into society by supporting a truly worthy cause such as the RNLI.

We are always at our happiest when visiting the British Isles coastline – come sun, wind, or storm!

A large crowd of crew, volunteers, and locals turned up on the day to welcome the tour car. Chairman of RNLI Lifeboat Station, Kerry MacGill welcomed Belinda and James to the station and presented them with a memorial Kyles of Bute Shinty ball. He commented the weather was kind to the tour and he thanked the enthusiastic couple for their generosity and original fund raising initiative.

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The Challenge

To drive anti-clockwise around the whole of the British Isles visiting ALL 238 RNLI Lifeboat Stations In a Porsche 911, Within 911 hours


To raise in excess of £238 per lifeboat stations (£56,644 total)

When is the challenge?

911 hours starting 23/8/18.


RNLI media contacts:

Donald Clark, RNLI Tighnabruaich

Tom Duff, RNLI Tighnabruaich LPO

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789 RNLI online

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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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Tighnabruiach Lifeboat Station has 13 crew, made up of local villagers, a father and 3 sons and has boasted a local couple as part of their volunteers.

The lifeboat is an Atlantic 85 Inshore Boat named the James and Helen Mason and covers the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne, and launches at all states of the tide and in any weather to assist people and vessels in distress. The boat has just returned from a major refit and the crew have just completed in depth training in the handling of the new installations on the refitted boat.

Tighnabruaich RNLI is also hoping to recruit extra people to help in its lifeboat station shops and to volunteer as fundraisers.
The Challenge

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Ambitious Drivers

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Belinda and James Richardson

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Crew and Car
Kyles Shinty Ball

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Crew and Touring Plaque

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland