Young RNLI superfan masterminds new challenge to help save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Gruffydd Morris, nine, from, Miskin in Rhondda Cynnon Taff, who recently appeared on S4C’s Mastermind Cymru, with the RNLI as his specialist subject, has been thanked by the lifesaving charity for completing a gruelling triathlon.


Gruffydd Morris has been thanked for fundraising for the RNLI

Struck by the charity’s difficulty to fundraise during the Covid-19 pandemic, Gruffydd wanted to do something to help.

Over a 12-week period, the Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Gymraeg pupil, swam 5,000m, cycled 100 miles and ran a marathon raising £515 for the RNLI. Now, he has been presented with a special certificate from the lifesaving charity to say thank you.

Gruffydd says:

‘I feel strongly about helping the RNLI, because I would like to be a volunteer when I am older. Saving lives at sea comes at a high cost and because of Covid-19 this amazing charity is not able to raise enough funds.’

Friends and family threw a lifeline and donated generously to a Just giving page set up to raise funds.

Nick Evans, RNLI fundraising and partnerships manager says:

‘We were so touched to hear Gruffydd’s story, what an amazing young person he is. It’s heartening that he thought about our charity during these difficult times and decided to do something so amazing to help us stay afloat.

‘His achievement is fantastic, and we are thrilled to be able to present him with a special certificate to say thank you.’

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For more information, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Manager in Wales on 07786 668829.

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