Young RNLI fan raises £2,500 and meets Whitby crew

Lifeboats News Release

Issac King,12, from Warrington has been fundraising since he was eight years old.

Sharon King

Issac King completes his 133 mile Mayday mile walks with a trip to Whitby to meet the RNLI crew
It all began when he visited his grandma's caravan and watched the Criccieth Lifeboat out on training. Issac began drawing pictures of all the different lifeboats and raising money for the RNLI by selling the pictures to his teachers.

This summer Issac decided to complete the Mayday Mile... but for the young fundraiser one mile wasn't enough and he wanted to walk the equivalent of 133 miles from Morecambe to Whitby Lifeboat Stations.

So over the course of May Issac, along with his parents, clocked up the 133 miles getting out walking whenever they could. Issac raised £800 in donations during his walk and ended it with a trip to Whitby to meet the crew.

Whitby RNLI Coxswain said: 'It was a pleasure for the myself and crew to meet Issac who we are sure will become a volunteer crew member one day in the future. We are so impressed with his dedication and ideas as he raises funds for the RNLI that help us to save lives at sea.'

Issac's mum Sharon said: 'Issac has now raised £2,500 for the RNLI and is still coming up with ideas, we are holding a Fish Supper event next week. We're all so proud of him.'

For more information contact lifeboat press officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com

Sharon King

Issac King receives a certificate from Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields

Sharon King

Issac King completes his 133 mile Mayday mile walks with a trip to Whitby to meet the RNLI crew

Sharon King

Issac King completes his 133 mile Mayday mile walks with a trip to Whitby to meet the RNLI crew

Sharon King

RNLI fundraiser Issac King with his medal and certificate after completing 133 miles in May

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