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Happisburgh RNLI volunteer takes a leap of faith

Lifeboats News Release

Tany Backburn, the station’s shop manager, is doing a skydive to raise funds for the station. Tany had planned to do this in May, but due to the pandemic everything was put on hold, but UK Parachuting at Beccles reopened on 9 July and Tany has been given 25 July 2020 for her skydive.

Tany Blackburn

RNLI/Philip Smith

Tany Blackburn

Tany, 69, has been a volunteer at Happisburgh for over 20 years helping in the shop and four years ago she took over as shop manager.

Tany is hoping to raise as much as possible; it has been a hard year with the shop being closed. If anyone would like to sponsor her, please follow this link to the Just Giving page:

Tany says: ‘The butterflies have started but it has happened so quickly, I’m just looking forward to the day’.

This is not the first time Happisburgh RNLI volunteers have done a skydive; back in 2011 Charlotte Siely and Jake Munday also completed a skydive to raise funds for the Station.

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For more information please contact Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer Philip Smith on: Mobile 07766007936 E-mail [email protected]

Charlotte and Jake before their skydive in 2011

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Charlotte and Jake before their skydive in 2011

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