Pedal for Appledore RNLI raises £5650.

Lifeboats News Release

Taking place during April 2021, the cyclists raised £5650 excluding Gift Aid with sponsorship money still coming in.

RNLI/Alex Hall

Some of the cyclists met outside Appledore RNLI Lifeboat Station on May 25 to receive their medals and personal thanks from Pat Hughes on behalf of the Appledore RNLI fundraising guild. From left to right: Sandra Campbell, Kevin Coles, Angela Hurley, Hugo Vale, Lucy Thomas and Phil Lang.

Appledore RNLI Fundraising Guild would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who took part in the Pedal For Appledore RNLI cycling event, and to everyone who sponsored them.

Over 30 people of all ages and cycling ability signed-up for the challenge and most beat their personal target distances. Among the younger cyclists, Hugo Vale aged 5 cycled 25 miles and Lucy Thomas aged 10 cycled 160 miles. Stuart Pitches and Keith Meddemmen both cycled an impressive 755 miles, Phil Lang 600 miles, Dale Hall 515 miles, with Angela Hurley and Diana Gadson both cycling 200 miles.

The Appledore Lifeboat crew team cycled 1265 miles and raised over £1920 which included two anonymous donations of £500 each. Keith Meddemmen raised £820 and Phil Lang £670. Thousands of miles were cycled by those taking part and many exceeded their personal targets while raising much needed funds for the RNLI.

Organiser Pat Hughes said:

“Fundraising for the RNLI has been extremely difficult during the lockdown and we are delighted that so many accepted the challenge to Pedal for Appledore RNLI. The event exceeded our expectations and apart from some aching muscles, everyone said they enjoyed the challenge, probably helped by the better weather we enjoyed in April. Well done to everyone involved for your amazing achievements.”

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