Littlehampton and Basingstoke RNLI top UK fundraisers for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The fundraising branches of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Littlehampton and Basingstoke have raised an incredible £2,619 for the charity’s Mayday fundraising appeal – making them the number one fundraising team in the UK for the campaign.

Kate, Cian and Padhraig

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Kate, Cian and Padhraig celebrate their fundraising success

The branches, which raise vital funds for the RNLI’s 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service and seasonal lifeguard service, ran and cycled a combined 302 miles during May, in aid of the RNLI’s annual appeal.

Kate Stones, who is Basingstoke RNLI Fundraising Branch Chair, Cian Mathews, who is Chairperson of Littlehampton RNLI’s fundraising branch, and Padhraig Murphy, from Littlehampton RNLI’s fundraising branch, completed their final mile together at Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station on 29 May.

Cian said: ‘The Mayday campaign was a huge success for team Littlehampton and Basingstoke, and superbly demonstrates what can be achieved by partnering shore-based branches with in-land fundraising branches. I look forward to working with Basingstoke Fundraising Branch again in the future. I would also like to thank our fantastic supporters. They have helped us raise a terrific sum of money, for which we are all incredibly grateful. Their donations will help to ensure that the RNLI can continue to save lives at sea.’

Kate added: It was a pleasure to complete our Mayday challenge together. As we finished, the crew of Littlehampton RNLI returned from a training exercise. Seeing them made all the early morning runs with achy legs worthwhile.’

The RNLI’s annual Mayday fundraising campaign raises funds to keep lifesavers kitted and trained to deal with emergencies – so that they can save lives at sea. To find out more, visit:


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Kate, Cian and Padhraig with Littlehampton RNLI crew and others

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The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI thank the fundraisers of Littlehampton and Basingstoke for their fundraising efforts
The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI on a training exercise on 29 May

RNLI/Beth Brooks

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI on a training exercise on 29 May

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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.

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