RNLI Scarborough lifeguards carrying out sponsored walk

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards are embarking on a ten mile ‘stretcher challenge’ on Monday 2 September in aid of RNLI Flamborough and RSPB Bempton.

AJ Shepherd

The charity’s lifeguards in Scarborough finish the season on Sunday 1 September but the next day are embarking on a 10 mile stretcher challenge along Flamborough head.

The group of around 23 lifeguards will carry a colleague on a stretcher, rotating every mile. They aim to raise £1000 to be shared between the RNLI Flamborough and RSPB Bempton.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Dave Brant said: ‘This is a great way for us to end our season. Our lifeguards are in top shape from the summer season but this will still be challenging for them, especially carrying someone in a stretcher for 10 miles.

‘It’ll be incredibly rewarding for our lifeguards when they reach the finish point. The money raised will be split between two local charities that are important to the lifeguards. A JustGiving page has been set up and we’d truly appreciate any donations.’

Notes to editors

  • As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week. Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.
  • The link for the JustGiving page where donations can be made is https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lifeguard-stretcher-carry

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