Barry Dock RNLI volunteers raise £4252 in virtual fundraising run and cycle

Lifeboats News Release

Over the bank holiday weekend, the volunteers at Barry Dock RNLI carried out a virtual challenge to visit the 30 RNLI lifeboat stations around Wales.

Gemma Gibbons

Barry Dock RNLI volunteers

The volunteer managed to power through an impressive 676 miles in 36 hours.

With a 6am start on the bank holiday Sunday (30 August), using two exercise bikes and a treadmill, the volunteers went above and beyond and achieved a distance of 1165 miles!

The team managed to complete the virtual visit of the 30 lifeboat stations in Wales and the carried on along the North Devon and Somerset coast and on to the equivalent distance to Saltash in Cornwall.

With the the enormous generosity of the public, a total of £4252 was raised for the charity.

With nearly all of the traditional fundraising events having to be cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this will help the RNLI maintain ability to save lives at sea.

A fantastic effort from everyone taking part.

RNLI/Nigel Parry

6am start for the challenge

RNLI/Nigel Parry

The volunteers in action.

RNLI/Nigel Parry

The challenge went through the night.

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