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Lifeboats News Release

Kate Bourn and Beth Barrett are cycling to 100 RNLI Lifeboat stations around the coast of England, they are unsupported and are camping all the way!

The cyclists at RNLI Cromer inshore boat house.

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The cyclists at RNLI Cromer inshore boat house.

During this time they hope to raise valuable funds for the RNLI. On Tuesday 15 September they arrived at RNLI Cromer and were welcomed by Paul Watling and Rob Park.

They left Poole Lifeboat Station on 7 September 2020 for a 1500 mile journey around the coast and up to Scarborough. Once there they will get a train to Liverpool before cycling back down and around the coast of wales, finally finishing in Minehead at the beginning of October.

They explained, ‘We are doing this because 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 everyday, just in case. During the Coronavirus pandemic, we have both been furloughed: this adventure has given us a purpose, something to plan, train for and challenge ourselves. There are many charities struggling as a result of Coronavirus, so we want to use the time we have been given to raise awareness of the great work still being done around the country. RNLI volunteers are still out there risking their lives for us, so we wanted to support their efforts. Our just giving page is

With two major parts of the coast covered we hope to visit 100 life boat stations and will be updating our Just Giving page each day with photos and progress updates. This is on

Everyone at RNLI Cromer wishes them good luck on their journey.

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