Abersoch RNLI welcome Laden Lifeboat Lasses on their amazing fundraising ride.

Lifeboats News Release

The extraordinary challenge, which will raise vital funds for the RNLI, will see Kate Bourn and Beth Barratt cycling over 1500 miles between 100 lifeboat stations around England and Wales.

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Beth & Kate with Andy Vowell and Phill Brown

Kate and Beth are both currently on furlough from their jobs and wanted to “do something meaningful” with their time. They set out to raise a staggering £2,250 for the RNLI, a charity close to their hearts as they both enjoy many water pursuits.

On their arrival at Abersoch lifeboat station this morning, which was number 79 on their list, they received a very warm welcome from Andy Vowell, Lifeboat Operations Manager and Phill Brown, Chairman of Abersoch RNLI.

Despite some very heavy downpours both ladies were in good spirits and did manage to enjoy some late September sunshine as they visited the beautiful Pen Llyn.

Commenting on their journey, Andy said ‘It was great to meet Kate and Beth this morning following the many hours of hard cycling and fundraising they have accomplished over the past few weeks to raise fund for the RNLI’. He added ‘they have visited 78 stations before visiting us and we wish them well with the rest of their mammoth task’.

To follow them on their journey, or to make a donation, please visit https://ladenlifeboatlasses.wordpress.com

Notes to editors

· Abersoch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station

· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs

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The Laden Lasses as they set off for their next lifeboat station

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