Newly formed events group set to boost RNLI funds

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The South West Cornwall Events Group has only been established for a matter of months but has already raised in excess of £3,000 for the charity.

Paul Wickes with members of Falmouth Lifeboat Crew on board the station’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott

Stacie Nicoll

Paul Wickes with members of Falmouth Lifeboat Crew on board the station’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott

The new group is part of the RNLI’s commitment to create 200 new fundraising groups across the UK and Ireland by 2020 to complement the existing branch and guild structure.

Paul Wickes MBE, who is Chief Executive Officer of Cornwall Marine Network Ltd, recently accepted the newly created role for the RNLI as Chair of South and West Cornwall Event Group.

Paul said: ‘This is a new post and my task will be to use the next 18 months or so to set up new fundraising structures that add to all that currently happens.

I am delighted Vince Curtis has joined me as Deputy Chair. Vince was until recently Deputy Chair of the Cornwall Campaign for Real Ale and helps organise Falmouth Beer festival.

In order to lead by example, I ‘persuaded’ the RNLI to get me a place on this year’s London Marathon. My aim is to raise £150 per mile, so around £4,000 overall, which will go to Falmouth RNLI. I will be running with my dear friend Miss Betty Stogs!

I am 58 years old and I have never run a marathon, but despite having arthritis in my lower spine and knees I’m determined to help such a worthy cause. I am using the 11 mile Devoran to Portreath trail to train, combining walking and running, with a gradual increase in the amount of running. I am also raising fitness levels at the local Gym Project facility.

I only launched the Just Giving page recently but already have £1,162 pledged, with around £1,500 of additional pledges already promised in the next few weeks’.

RNLI Community Fundraising Manager James Clarke said: ‘It’s fantastic to have Paul involved with the newly formed South West Cornwall Events Group. The group have exciting plans for 2019 including Paul’s personal challenge of completing the London Marathon.

Paul and his team will look to develop new and exciting events in South West Cornwall as well as supporting existing activities in the area. The group is always looking for new volunteers so if you are interested in helping raise much needed funds for the RNLI please get in touch.’

Notes to editors

  • The photo shows Paul Wickes with members of Falmouth Lifeboat Crew on board the station’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott. Credit: Stacie Nicoll

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