Marathon effort by Cunard crew in aid of Teignmouth RNLI
Crew aboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria anchored off Babbacombe completed a marathon in aid of Teignmouth RNLI. They achieved the marathon by running or walking on the deck and using static bicycles.
The challenge raised £1,217.25 and the volunteer lifeboat crew received the cheque during a training exercise on Thursday, 28 May 2021.
Chairman of Teignmouth RNLI, Barrie Behenna, welcomed the donation warmly: 'We were pleased to have the opportunity of admiring the splendid ships, and it is very generous of the crew to be thinking so constructively of the volunteer lifeboat crews at this time. Many thanks to them.'
Queen Victoria Captain Tomas Connery said: 'We were delighted to be able to support this fantastic and hugely worthwhile cause and we are very appreciative of the support we have received from the local community around Babbacombe during our pause in operations.'
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.