Wirral man completes inspirational personal fundraising challenge for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Steven Wharton who has cerebral palsy today completed eight laps of the carpark at Royden Park, Frankby – by pushing his walking aid with one hand. It is hoped his inspirational challenge which took place on Saturday will raise over £2,000 for the RNLI.

Crowds cheered on the fundraiser as he reached the finish line of his 1,600-metre route around the car park.

The 40-year-old he has been training incredibly hard since March for the challenge, which has impressed his support workers, who were initially under the impression he was taking part in an organised event.

Support worker Derek McCallister says:

‘Finding out that Steven had come up with this idea himself and set himself this difficult challenge really is amazing. He really is incredibly and touched a lot of people's hearts with his strength and agility to do this walk with his rollator. Every chance we've had has been spent training I have taken him to different lifeboat stations and proudly took photos of outside. I'm so deeply proud of him what he is doing and the fact he is doing this for a lifesaving charity.

Debs Mahon, Fundraising and Partnership Lead for the RNLI says:

‘To say Steven is an inspiration really is an understatement. We are all incredibly touched that he has come up with this exceptionally tough personal challenge to raise funds to support our charity. The RNLI relies on voluntary contributions and legacies for income and is so grateful to people such as Steven for thinking of others, and helping our crews to continue saving lives at sea.’

To support Steven please visit his Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stevenrnli

Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Manager in Wales and the North West on 07786 668829/Danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, contact the press office on 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

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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 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 more than 142,700 lives.

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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