New Quay RNLI crew member completes marathon hike to raise funds for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

This week Tim Richards, 71, from New Quay, decided to challenge himself to hike from Aberystwyth to New Quay, a gruelling 26 miles in total, to raise much needed funds for the charity that saves lives at sea, the RNLI.

Tim, a New Quay RNLI crew member for nearly 20 years and the chairman of the New Quay RNLI fundraising group, began his epic journey on Monday (5 July) with a bus up to Aberystwyth from his home in New Quay with his friend Claire Barnes. They walked for nine hours over rough terrain and in changeable weather to reach Aberaeron.

Tim said, “It was hard going but after a year of holding no fundraising events due to the COVID-19 pandemic I just wanted to get up and do something to raise money. The RNLI charity is very close to my heart as I’ve been part of the volunteer team here for many years. The service they provide is invaluable and we need to raise as much money as possible. I would like to thank everyone who has donated and thank Claire for her much needed company on this mammoth hike.”

Tim and Claire set out again on Wednesday (7 July) to complete the challenge and finished the Aberaeron to New Quay stage in good time and in lovely weather after the rain had cleared.

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “We want to give a big round of applause to Tim and Claire for the enormous challenge they completed to raise money. We are very grateful to them and to the people who have donated.”

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Notes to editors

For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at [email protected] or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.


Claire Barnes with Tim Richards after completing the challenge


Tim looking over Llanrhystud with New Quay in the distance


Tim on his big hike for the RNLI

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