Four Sherborne fundraisers cycle from St Petersburg to the UK in aid of the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Four former Sherborne school pupils have completed a 2,000-mile cycle from St Petersburg in Russia back to the UK raising almost £5,000 in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

RNLI Harwich coxswain, Neal Sandquest greats four fundraising cyclists after their 2,000 mile cycle from Russia to the UK.


L-R: Neal Sandquest, the Harwich coxswain with fundraiser Tom James, Oliver 'Beanie' Lawson, Rory McMillan and George Sarson.

Tom James and Rory McMillan, who have previously completed a trip around the UK in support of the RNLI, were joined by Oliver 'Beanie' Lawson and George Sarson for their 2,000-mile cycle.

The four cyclists travelled to St Petersburg in late July and set off for a ride through the forests of Finland despite the risk of encountering bears. From Finland, the graduates rode across Sweden, where it rained for eight days straight. Once they were through Sweden, their route took them across Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

Once they reached the Hook of Holland, they took an overnight ferry to Harwich to complete the final UK leg of their journey. At the ferry terminal, they were greeted by family, friends and the Harwich lifeboat coxswain, Neal Sandquest and their mechanic, Di Bush.

The university graduates helped raise £4,720 and over 118 people gave donations.

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