Fundraising project visits Walton and Frinton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Walton and Frinton RNLI station recently received a visit from the RNLI-911 Challenge.

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Crew members Dale Steggles and Karl Bigwood receive the commemorative plaque from Porsche Centre Colchester's Tracey Money as Belinda and James Richardson look on.
Husband and wife team Belinda and James Richardson are taking on an ambitious project to raise enough money to buy a new D class lifeboat for the lifesaving charity. The pair are being sponsored to drive their customised Porsche 911 around the coast, visiting all 238 RNLI stations.

The visit to Walton and Frinton was directly supported by Porsche Centre Colchester who nominated it as their local RNLI station.

During the visit the crew were presented with a commemorative plaque for the boathouse by Porsche Centre Colchester Dealership Coordinator, Tracey Money who said: 'Many of our staff live locally and know the value of the work the volunteers do on the coast.'

The RNLI-911 Challenge was started in 2018 with a visit to all stations nationally and continued in 2019 with the couple visiting 77 stations past and present in Scotland in 19 days. Belinda Richardson explained that the couple had decided to combine their passions of cars, the coast and the RNLI in one project. 'What we are doing is a drop in the ocean but every ocean is made up of lots of little drops.'

The couple are planning to visit all the RNLI stations on the island of Ireland in 2020.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

RNLI/Miranda Rayner

The RNLI-911 Challenge team with the crew and boarding boat at Walton and Frinton RNLI

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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.

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