Port Isaac RNLI goes the extra mile for fundraising appeal

Lifeboats News Release

In November 2017 Port Isaac RNLI were invited to set up an appeal fund with a target of £52,000 in order to cover the cost of replacing their existing D class lifeboat nearing the end of her operational life.

RNLI/Faye Archell

The team consists (L-R) former crew member Greg Hingley; helm Ian Johnson; wife of helm Clair Johnson; Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Richard Hambly; wife of DLA Carol Hambly

Ahead of schedule and in little over a year that amount was successfully raised. The volunteer fundraising committee are pleased to announce an extension of the Port Isaac RNLI Lifeboat Appeal to cover funding for the new Lifeboat`s equipment, operational costs and premises when due to enter service in September this year.

The extension to this appeal is being kick-started by Port Isaac’s very own official Virgin Money London 2019 London Marathon Team. The team is made up of past and present volunteer crew members and partners. The team have been in training for some weeks now and so far generous donations to the total of £3,167 have been recorded.

Further fund raising events will be staged and the first to take place will be a Race Night at Port Isaac Village Hall on Saturday 23rd. February with the first racing starting off at 7.30 pm. The marathon takes place on 28th April and the teams aim is to raise £12,000 and those wishing to make a donation can do so via justgiving.com https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/port-isaac-marathon-runners

The team consists (L-R) former crew member Greg Hingley; helm Ian Johnson; wife of helm Clair Johnson; Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Richard Hambly; wife of DLA Carol Hambly.

Further Information

Greg Hingley - Greg was a Crew Member for 8 years in the late 80’s & early 90’s before he moved away from the village. Greg now works as a Solicitor in Bristol & has run 3 London Marathons over the years raising money for the RNLI.

Clair Johnson - Clair has been a lifeboat wife for 10 years, Clair’s husband Ian is one of the lifeboats Helmsmen. Clair works as a Pharmaceutical Representative & ran the 2018 Virgin London Marathon raising money for CLIC.

Carol Hambly - Carol is a former RNLI Committee Secretary has been a lifeboat wife (& Mum!) for many years. Carol works as a Medical Secretary & ran the 2018 Virgin London Marathon raising money for the MS Society.

Richard Hambly - Richard has volunteered thus far for 29 years, as a Crew Member, Helmsman, & currently a Launching Authority. Richard’s trade is that of a Paramedic & although he has never ran a marathon before, he did run the 2017 Great Bristol Half raising money for a Publicly Accessible Defibrillator for the area.

Ian Johnson - Ian has been on the crew for 10 years & last year became one of the stations helmsman. This will be Ian’s first marathon

Andy Cameron - Andy is also one of the stations helmsman with 15 years’ experience on the crew. Andy runs the local Wavehunters business & has run 2 marathons before

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For more information contact volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Faye Archell on fayearchell@googlemail.com or on 07919 551328 or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07786 668847 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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