Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers welcome the 911 challenge Porsche.

Lifeboats News Release

Belinda and James Richardson, a retired couple from London, are driving around the coast of Britain and Ireland visiting every RNLI lifeboat station in their Porsche 911.

The Porsche 911 at Beaumaris

RNLI/Rhian Owen

The Porsche 911 at Beaumaris

Their goal is to drive anti-clockwise around the whole of the British Isles and Ireland visiting all 238 RNLI Lifeboat Stations in a Porsche 911 within 911 hours to raise in excess of £238 per lifeboat station totalling in £56,644! They intend on visiting each station for 15 minutes before they need to move on to the next station, undertaking small challenges at each station and hopefully joining the crew volunteers for a cup of tea.

The intrepid pair started their phenomenal undertaking from Teddington RNLI lifeboat station at 9.11am on Monday 23 August 2018 and are aiming to finish their journey 238 RNLI stations later at Tower RNLI on Sunday 30 September 2018 at 8.11am.

An interesting feature of their journey is to get each station to tie any type of marine knot in a one metre length of thin blue rope. This is then attached to a 23.8 metre length of orange rope. Ours was a Portuguese Bowline knot. The rope plus all 238 knots will finally adorn a three metre high map of the British Isles with each knot indicating its station.

We are looking forward to seeing them complete their journey at Tower Lifeboat Station in London on the 30 September. We wish to thank them and all those who are supporting them in this endeavour and ultimately assisting the RNLI with its work, helping to save lives at sea.’

Donations to the RNLI 911 Challenge can be made online at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-911challenge More details of the RNLI Challenge can be found at: http://www.rnli-911challenge.co.uk/

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