Barbara, 80, cycling 870 miles for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A grandmother who has sailed the Atlantic three times with her husband has set out on a virtual cycle ride from Land's End to John O' Groats. to raise donations for the RNLI.

Mrs. Barbara Townsend clocking up the virtual miles on her exercise bike.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Mrs Barbara Townsend clocking up the virtual miles on her exercise bike.
Mrs Barbara Townsend, 80, from Axminster, Devon, rides her exercise bike every day and has clocked up more than 300 miles so far putting her virtually just north of Birmingham.

Her target to virtually reach John O'Groats is some 870 miles.

Mrs Townsend, who has seven grandchildren, has raised £950 so far on her JustGiving page. She started her ride on August 4th.

She and husband David,84, were keen sailors and crossed the Atlantic three times in their 42foot ocean-going sailing boat.

She said;

'The RNLI does a fantastic job, and when we used to pop over to France it was always so comforting to know the volunteers of the RNLI were there if we needed them. Fortunately, we never had to call them out.'

Mrs Townsend's donation page can be found at

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