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Hartlepool RNLI crewmember hoofs it for lifesaving charity.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew member Andy Johnson skipped Christmas shopping to take part in the Rnli’s virtual festive 'Reindeer Run' at the weekend.

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Andrew Johnson(centre) pictured with fellow runners Heidi Readman and Steve Bell.
The 43 year old door engineer covered a 10k course from the Ferry Road boathouse to Seaton Carew and back in just over an hour accompanied by friends Heidi Readman and Steve Bell and raised over £175.00 for the charity.

The dad of four said ‘It was a last minute decision to take part and I’m really grateful for the support of Steve and Heidi along the route.’
‘Due to the Covid situation the RNLI needs all the help they can get as fundraising has been difficult across the country this year but despite all this the volunteer crews are still on call 24/7 and 365 days a year to help save lives at sea.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and I really do appreciate their support at this time'.

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