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Frontline Coffee’s Tom and Matt walk the Jurassic Coast for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

8am this morning, Wednesday 15 May, saw the start of an arduous 100 mile trek along the whole of the Jurassic Coast by Tom Taylor and Matt Broxton to raise awareness and funding for the RNLI.

Exmouth RNLI Volunteers with Tom and Matt at the start of their trek. Left to right – Bill Lodge, Exmouth RNLI Visits Officer; Sue Benz, Exmouth RNLI Shop Assistant Manager; Tom Taylor, Director Frontline Coffee; Matt Broxton, Director Frontline Coffee; Robin Humphreys, Chair, Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee; Ken Clayton, Exmouth RNLI Tour Guide.

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Exmouth RNLI Volunteers with Tom and Matt at the start of their trek. Exmouth RNLI Volunteers with Tom and Matt at the start of their trek. Left to right – Bill Lodge, Exmouth RNLI Visits Officer; Sue Benz, Exmouth RNLI Shop Assistant Manager; Tom Taylor, Director Frontline Coffee; Matt Broxton, Director Frontline Coffee; Robin Humphreys, Chair, Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee; Ken Clayton, Exmouth RNLI Tour Guide.

Both are full time Firefighters and Directors of Frontline Coffee, a small batch, roast to order coffee company based in Chard, Somerset that donates 100% of its profits to frontline service charities.

The intrepid walkers set off from the Exmouth Lifeboat Station amply fuelled with bacon sandwiches provided by RNLI volunteers and a welcome cup of their very own coffee that they donated to the station. They aim to complete the journey from Exmouth to Swanage, the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, in just three days, averaging 33 miles a day and finishing each days walk at an RNLI Lifeboat Station, where they will donate a bag of coffee!

They aim to reach Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station today, Weymouth on Thursday and finish at Swanage Lifeboat Station on the evening of Friday 18 May 2019.

Before setting off, Matt said

'Every day the RNLI launch their volunteer lifeboat crews to save lives at sea, provide flood rescue services, lifeguards for beaches and much more and the least we can do is walk 100 miles to help raise funds for this amazing organisation. We hope to raise around £500 and thank the volunteers at Exmouth RNLI for their hospitality and encouragement today.'

Robin Humphreys, Chairman of Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee, said 'We gave Tom and Matt a good send off from Exmouth and wish them all the very best in their endeavours to raise funds for our charity, with very grateful thanks for their efforts.'

Both walkers have a JustGiving Fundraising page for donations at:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/frontline-coffee

More information can be obtained from their website at :

https://frontlinecoffee.co.uk

Photographs :

1: Exmouth RNLI Volunteers with Tom and Matt at the start of their trek. Left to right – Bill Lodge, Exmouth RNLI Visits Officer; Sue Benz, Exmouth RNLI Shop Assistant Manager; Tom Taylor, Director Frontline Coffee; Matt Broxton, Director Frontline Coffee; Robin Humphreys, Chair, Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee; Ken Clayton, Exmouth RNLI Tour Guide.

2. Frontline Coffee ‘Morning Rescue’

Frontline Coffee - Morning Rescue

RNLI/John Thorogood

Frontline Coffee - Morning Rescue

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.

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