Littlehampton couple respond to the RNLI’s Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Mayday fundraising campaign is up and running, literally, with crew and family members continuing a well established tradition of raising money for the charity that is dedicated to saving lives at sea.

Bea Homer proudly holds her fundraising certificate from 1988 in front of one of Littlehampton's lifeboats

RNLI/Beth Brooks

Bea Homer proudly holds her fundraising certificate from 1988 in front of one of Littlehampton's lifeboats

Proudly holding her certificate for raising £15.55 almost exactly 33 years ago Belinda, known as Bea who volunteers as shore crew, and her partner Ian, who is one of Littlehampton lifeboat station’s boat crew, are aiming to raise £515.55 between them (£500 plus the £15.55 she raised in 1988). Bea will be running 5km in addition to a 100 mile cycle ride with Ian, their destination being HMS Victory in Portsmouth marking the halfway turning point.

Whilst being photographed in front of Littlehampton lifeboat station’s inshore lifeboat Ray of Hope Bea noted the fact that she did a sponsored walk in 1988, but this time she will be running and cycling together with other fundraisers. If there’s enough support she is also considering a sea swim to turn these exploits in to her own triathlon.

Bea and Ian have set up a JustGiving page for their RNLI Mayday fundraising:

and encourage others to join them on their quest. Anyone can raise money for the RNLI throughout May by creating their own events @maydaymile.

Hannah Presgrave, RNLI Community Manager and Littlehampton lifeboat crew member, said of the Mayday fundraising campaign:

“Across the South-East there are walks, runs and cycle events being organised as part of the Mayday fundraising initiative. 29 May at 10.00 the Littlehampton shore and boat crews, fellow volunteers and many of our supporters will take part in a 5km run. There are also other events running throughout the month. It’s incredible that Bea has held on to her certificate from 1988 and we’ll be running together supporting the RNLI’s charity event.”


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A picture of the Lifeboat fundraising certificate Bea Homer received in 1988

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The Lifeboat fundraising certificate Bea Homer received in 1988

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