From RNLI Rye Harbour to all points of the compass

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 25 June in bright morning sunshine local character John Newson, vintage motorcycle enthusiast and charity fund-raiser, set off from the boathouse to a chorus of cheers from crew-members and villagers

John Newson and friends with motor bikes in front of the boathouse with crew and villagers

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Rye Harbour station gives John a good send off

He was riding his pride and joy, the 1954 Series C Vincent Rapide that he has restored, and was flanked by old school-friends and well-wishers on their motorbikes. His quest, spread over twelve days, is to go as far north, east, west and south as he can in mainland UK, raising money for the RNLI. Already the total on his JustGiving page has topped £1,000 and he is grateful for the support he has received, especially from “Doris’s” (the Red Lion pub in Snargate), the Vincent Owners’ Club, the Wakefield of Hythe Masonic Lodge and many other local hostelries.

‘I have been really pleased by the way my friends and people in the area have got behind this idea,’ John said. ‘I am looking forward to riding this beautiful machine up and down the country in aid of the RNLI volunteers who are ready day and night to help those in difficulties in the water. As I’ve found, this is a charity close to many people’s hearts.’

RNLI Media contacts

· Martin Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 martinthebruce@gmail.com·

· Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk·

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

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Getting last minute advice from old school friends

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Bikers John Fewster, Andy Laidlaw, David Potter, John Newson, Gary Poole and John Gowlett

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John Newson's 'old school' satnav

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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