Seven year-old Ben Masson from Lerwick will today begin a 21.1 mile walk to raise money for the RNLI
Ben will walk the equivalent distance between Lerwick and Aith Lifeboat Stations on the streets of Lerwick, starting at 10am today and finishing next Friday (24th) at 17.10hrs - the same ’17-10’ service number as Lerwick Lifeboat. If Ben completes the 21.1 mile distance before next Friday, he’ll put in some extra miles before the 17.10hrs deadline.
Ben's father, Grant Masson and his grandfather John Best, are both volunteer crew members on Lerwick Lifeboat. Both Ben and his younger brother Charlie are also showing an early interest in joining the crew in future.
Malcolm Craigie, RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat Operations Manager, said – “Ben’s family are well connected to the Lerwick lifeboat and it’s great to see him and his brother taking an interest too. We’re really grateful to Ben for taking on this challenge to raise funds that will help the RNLI charity to continue to save lives at sea.”
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.