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New Year’s Day gift for RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

A local businessman and his swimming team raised money for RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat station through a series of sea swims in December 2021.

RNLI/Caron Hill

Fundraising swimmers, Aldeburgh beach

Rob Mabey, a retired local businessman and his swimming ‘team’, raised an amazing £1120 for RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat station. They did this by swimming in the North Sea every day during December.

They are a group of around 20 friends who regularly meet to swim together on the Suffolk coast at Thorpeness. Last year during lockdown they swam through the winter in pairs and then as a group. They managed 120 consecutive days and swam in the river when the sea was too fierce. The coldest day being 0.5 degrees centigrade in the river, with a wind chill of -10 degrees centigrade.

Rob said: 'This December we swam every day to raise funds for our beloved local lifeboat at Aldeburgh. We have a close relationship with the crew (not having required their assistance fortunately) and would like to give them all the support we can.'

The cold water swimming team presented their cheque to Steve Saint, Coxswain of Aldeburgh lifeboat station on New Year’s day, who said: 'A huge thank you to everyone involved and the support that you have given to our lifeboat station.'

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone :-
  • Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email [email protected]
  • Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer (North and East) 07824518641/ [email protected]
  • Jim Rice, RNLI Regional Media Manager (North and East), 07810658072/ [email protected]

or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI/Caron Hill

Fund raising swimmers handing over a cheque to Steve Saint, Coxswain

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