Midlands coffee club mark Lyme Regis RNLI rescue of soldier with £700 donation
Members of a coffee club in the land-locked Midlands have sent a donation of more than £700 to RNLI volunteers in Lyme Regis.
The donation, totalling £765, followed the rescue of a soldier who broke his leg after falling on rocks.
Tim Robinson, now 56, slipped on rocks and staggered for more than two hours for almost a mile in the dark before he was found by the lifeboat crew and coastguards near Golden Cap in January two years ago.
He made walking sticks from driftwood and hauled himself over mud after suffering two fractures of the right leg.
Tim's parents, Anne and Noel Robinson, are members of the Wednesday coffee club at Etwall in Derbyshire, and when the club nominated the RNLI as their charity for 2018 they suggested a donation to the Dorset volunteers. A similar sum was sent to the RNLI team at Exmouth who hosted a visit from the club.
During the rescue two first aid-trained members of the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, Tom Crabbe and Tom Wallis, went ashore to help coastguards assess Mr Robinson's condition. The lifeboat crew later took Mr Robinson to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour .
Nick Marks, Lifeboat operations manager at Lyme Regis, said:'We were delighted to hear of this donation from RNLI supporters so far from the sea and very pleased to hear that Mr.Robinson has recovered from his ordeal.'
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 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.