Wells Lifeboat welcomes round UK walker who’s raising funds for the RNLI
Volunteer crew from RNLI Wells lifeboat today welcomed UK charity walker Beth Wickes at the lifeboat station.
Beth has been walking much of the UK coast as well as some inland long distance paths for the past year-and-a-half. She started her journey from Tower lifeboat station in London in October 2018 and is walking unsupported, after putting her possessions into store and handing her keys back to her landlady, after graduating from university. Besides taking some time out to explore Britain, she is raising money for the RNLI, Lowland Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue teams.
Beth is currently completing her adventure by following the coast down through Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex before returning to London in May. Wells lifeboat crew members were delighted to offer her a cuppa and some encouragement at the boathouse, as she walked from Titchwell to Wells today, before setting off for Cley tomorrow and then on to Cromer.
Beth is likely to be among the last few fund-raisers to arrive in Wells and walk across the beach to the current Wells boathouse, built originally in 1869. Work is due to start soon on a new, modern lifeboat station to house a new Shannon-class lifeboat. The crew are grateful for her support and wished her the best for her onward journey.
You can follow Beth’s progress at her website at www.bethfootforward.co.uk or on Twitter @BethFootForward and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2101268513217564/ Donations to Beth’s charities can be made at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BethFootForward
Key facts about the RNLI
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.