Reach for the sky and help the RNLI save lives with the UK’s tallest Tower Run
The RNLI is calling on runners in the capital to take on a towering challenge to join the tallest and toughest tower run event in the UK and help save lives on the Thames.
The RNLI Tower Run, which takes place on Saturday 22 October, will see runners attempt to run, walk or crawl 1,120 steps to the top of 22 Bishopsgate to raise funds towards building a vital new lifeboat station by Waterloo Bridge.
The towering glass skyscraper holds particular significance for the RNLI as it stands on the very site of the London Tavern where the institution was founded in 1824.
Nearly 200 years after that event, the charity that saves lives at sea is calling on supporters to return to this historic spot to help the RNLI’s busiest lifeboat station – Tower RNLI.
Since opening on the Thames in 2002 the station’s lifeboats have launched more than 9,000 times and saved more than 350 lives, helping not only people in danger on the water, but also those undergoing mental health crises and those trapped on the foreshore.
But now it’s the lifesavers who need the public’s help. As the station celebrates its twentieth anniversary it is now beyond economic repair, so a new state-of-the-art station needs to be built – and running skywards is a great way to help it happen.
‘Our crews are always racing to save lives on the Thames so it would give us a tremendous boost to know supporters are also stepping up to this extraordinary challenge to help us continue,’ said Tower Station Manager Kevin Maynard. ‘It seems really fitting that this event is taking place where the RNLI first started,’ he added.
The event will take place on Saturday 22 October and those making it to the top floors will be treated to incredible uninterrupted views across London. Those taking part will also be able to toast their success at a special reception celebrating their fundraising efforts.
Those wanting to take part in the event runners can sign up using the following link: bit.ly/TowerPR22
Tower 1: The RNLI Tower Run is the tallest in the UK. Credit RNLI
Tower 2: Runners will need to climb more than 1120 steps as part of the challenge. Credit RNLI
Tower 3: RNLI Lifeboat Hearn Medicine Chest pictured by Tower Bridge. Credit RNLI/Laura Lewis
Tower 4: The current Tower Lifeboat Station which needs replacing with a modern facility. Credit RNLI
Tower 5: The location for the Tower Run is hugely significant for the RNLI. It will take place at 22 Bishopsgate – the site of the London Tavern where the institution was founded in 1824. Credit RNLI
Tower 6: Tower Lifeboat Station Manager Kevin Maynard. Credit RNLI
Note for editors.
All funds raised from this event will go towards the building of a new Tower Lifeboat Station at Waterloo Bridge.
For safety runners will start in staggered groups of a maximum of 30 runners every 30 minutes. On the day there will be first aid points every five floors and St John Ambulance medics will be in attendance.
The National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (today known as the RNLI) was founded on 4 March 1824 at a meeting of the London Tavern.
The RNLI has four lifeboat stations on the Thames, Tower, Chiswick, Teddington and Gravesend. They were opened in 2002 following the public inquiry into the Marchioness Disaster of 1989 in which 51 people died when the Thames river boat collided with the dredger Bowbelle.
More information on the history and work of Tower Lifeboat Station and the Appeal be found here: https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2021/august/tower-appeal
RNLI Media contacts:
Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 [email protected] For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
RNLI online: For more information on the RNLI please visit http://www.rnli.org/. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre.
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.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries