RNLI fundraiser on final leg of UK tour calls at RNLI Bridlington

Lifeboats News Release

David Holdsworth who is a Yorkshire based retiree called in at Bridlington RNLI on his mammoth tour of the UK to help raise money for the RNLI in memory of his mum.

UK Tour of RNLI Stations

RNLI/Mike Milner

David Holdsworth

David made Bridlington RNLI Station his 177th stop of his epic journey around the UK on Thursday 5 April 2022 as part of his quest to visit every RNLI station on the UK’s mainland. With just two more stations left after Bridlington David ended his marathon drive later on Wednesday afternoon, in the company of his trusty VW Campervan ‘Betty Bus’.

The journey, which took in 4,625 miles, has taken David 65 days to complete and Bridlington RNLI welcomed him to the station at 10:25 am with around 2 hours left to complete. Over a welcomed cup of tea David stated ‘I have had an amazing journey, visited all these wonderful RNLI stations across the UK and met many marvellous people’. When asked, what have you missed the most David quickly replied ‘Without doubt my wife, but I’m also looking forward to some good old cereal with banana and strawberry and a slice of toast’. When questioned about the weather on his trip David stated ‘Last night was by far the wettest night of the trip, welcome back to good old Yorkshire’. David has raised, so far, £1,220.

To follow David’s adventures and to make a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-holdsworth51

Max Austerfield, MD of Austops, a leading UK manufacturer of pop tops for camper vans, who are sponsoring David’s Lifeboat Tour by generously covering all his fuel for the challenge says ‘We’re really proud to be helping David support the RNLI’

RNLI Senior Community Manager Sarah Child says: ‘We are truly grateful to David for his epic challenge raising vital funds for the RNLI in memory of his mum. The fact that David is covering his accommodation costs himself means that every penny donated by the public is directly supporting the RNLI, which will help us to continue to save every one.’

If you would like to take on your own challenge, please visit www.rnli.org today

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please contact Mike Milner, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected] or call:07751-054052. Please note, in relation to the attached photograph David is pictured third from the left
UK Tour of RNLI Stations

RNLI/Mike Milner

David Holdsworth VW Van

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