St Bees RNLI volunteers skydive raises £600
St Bees RNLI volunteer Dave Rothery raised a total of £600 that was shared between St Bees RNLI and Blood Bikes Cumbria by skydiving from 15,000 feet over Cumbria.
On the 4th October last year Dave Rothery, one of the volunteer Deputy Launch Authorities at St Bees RNLI, took on the challenge of a tandem skydive over Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Dave, who also volunteers for Blood Bikes Cumbria, wanted to raise money for both charities. Dave, who likes a challenge and had always wanted to do a skydive, decided to take the opportunity to realise a lifetime's ambition and raise money at the same time for the two charities.
Dave said ‘This was a great experience and something I had wanted to do for a long time. I would like to thank all my friends and family who helped raise money for these two brilliant charities. Fundraising has not been easy over the last year for the RNLI and Blood Bikes and this donation will be put to good use’.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.