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Island Swim Challenge for Kinghorn RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A Kinghorn RNLI volunteer has set himself the challenge of being the first person to swim from the Kinghorn Lifeboat Station to Inchkeith and back to raise money for the lifesaving charity.

Donnie Maclean swimming at a previous event

Donnie Maclean

Donnie Maclean swimming at a previous event

Donnie Maclean (42) is going to take on the challenge on Saturday 4th September, if the weather conditions are favourable. The swim is a distance of more than 5 miles (8km) across the busy, deep shipping channel in the Firth of Forth.

Donnie is a volunteer crew member at Kinghorn lifeboat and has been on the team for almost two years. In his day job his own business, Eat Balanced, makes healthier pizzas for schools.

Donnie said, ‘I’ve completed several endurance swimming challenges over the years, but this is my first one in the sea. Last year I raised money for the Kinghorn RNLI by selling calendars of my photos from the area.

‘It’s going to be a tough swim with the tide, swell, waves, vessels and jellyfish to negotiate, but I’m delighted to have a highly experienced member of our lifeboat crew, Mark Brown, supporting me on his own boat. Mark has been a volunteer crewmember for 15 years, and is highly experienced. Several other crew mates have helped me to plan this out.

‘I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible to help out the RNLI at this difficult time when so many of our fundraising events have had to be cancelled over the last two years.’

If you would like to donate to Donnie’s challenge, please use the Kinghorn RNLI JustGiving page

The RNLI charity is supported entirely by donations. The Kinghorn RNLI station continues to be one of the busiest lifeboats in Scotland with 70 callouts so far in 2021.

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Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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