Littlehampton RNLI welcome cyclists raising money for the lifeboats
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.
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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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.