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Littlehampton RNLI welcome cyclists raising money for the lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Two cyclists visited the lifeboat station in Littlehampton harbour today as part of a 1500 mile trip around the coast of England and Wales that is raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity funded by public donations.

Two cyclists who are on a fundraising trip stand in front of a lifeboat in Littlehampton

RNLI/Steve Howlett

As part of a 1500 mile journey Beth Barratt and Kate Bourn visited the Littlehampton RNLI boathouse

Beth Barratt and Kate Bourn plan to visit 100 lifeboat stations around the coast of England and Wales over the next two months. Starting on 7 September at Poole, the headquarters of the RNLI, with heavily laden bicycles they headed east. By the afternoon of Tuesday 8 September they had already made it to Littlehampton and were welcomed by the station’s crew. The boathouse at Fisherman’s Quay is closed at present to visitors, but there was time for a photo and the opportunity to tick another station off the list. Kate and Beth have set up a page for donations

When asked why they are raising money for the RNLI the cyclists said:

“We love the sea, but have a healthy fear and respect for the water. Between us we row, kayak, paddle board, surf and sail. Luckily, we have never needed the support of the RNLI, but they are there for us every day, just in case.”


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