Six year old Dominic raises funds for Lytham St Annes RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Youngster completes the “Leg It for Lytham Lifeboats” Fun Run course due to take place on 2 June 2019 and with sponsorship brings in £300 to help the charity save lives at sea.

a young boy and a lifeboat crew member stand on a lifeboat

RNLI/Digby Moulden

Dominic welcomed by crew member Josh after his walk.

Dominic was upset to find that he was away for the annual Lytham St Annes RNLI Fun Run which takes place this year on Sunday 2 June 2019 between the lifeboat station’s two boathouses, the inshore lifeboat house on Central Beach and the all-weather lifeboat house on South Promenade, a distance of 3½ miles (5.65Km) along the Fylde coast.

With his mother, Vikki’s help and participation, and Grandad Digby Moulden’s enthusiastic approval, Dominic decided he would walk the course beforehand rather than miss out on this year’s run completely. He set out along Lytham Green and completed the walk in an hour and twenty minutes, arriving to a big welcome at the South Promenade boathouse.

This year’s Fun Run, or walk, or amble, or dog walk, or pushchair push, or wheelchair wheel, whatever you prefer, starts at the inshore lifeboat house at 11am although participants have the opportunity for an organised warm up starting at 10.45am on Lytham Green under the guidance of instructor Lynsey Atkinson. The fully marshalled course finishes at the all-weather lifeboat house on South Promenade where refreshments will be available and an opportunity to see the new lifeboat Barbara Anne.

As always the idea is to give everyone an enjoyable day out as well as raise funds for the RNLI to help the sea charity save lives at sea. Entrance fees are £10 for adults and £5 for children (under 14 year olds must be accompanied by an adult). Registration for the event will take place at either boathouse from 9.30am and a free classic bus will be running between the two to save participants having to run / walk both ways. As usual, a tee shirt will be provided for participants.

Registration may also be done online at www.lythamlifeboats.co.uk or by phone on 0300 300 9902

Dominic’s Grandad Digby, Chairman of the Station Fund Raising Branch, later said: “Dominic was desperate to complete the course after he found he was unable to do so on the 2 June. It is a brilliant amount that he has raised in sponsorship, all of which goes to help save lives at sea. We are proud of him. It makes Dominic “first home” in this year’s Leg It. Thanks as well to mum, Vikki, who kept him company on the walk”.

A crew member, a young boy and his mother stand in front of a "tractor"

RNLI/Digby Moulden

Josh, Dominic and mum Vikki at the boathouse
A poster describing a forthcoming Fun Run

RNLI/Lytham St Annes

Leg It for Lytham Lifeboats 2019 poster

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