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Beaumaris lifeboat station is visited by a 1926 motor bike.

Lifeboats News Release

Harry Bott who is intending to visit all 238 RNLI stations in the U.K. and Ireland arrived at Beaumaris today 15 May 2022, this being the 84th station he has visited since he started his journey at Poole on the 1st May.

Harry (centre) with form left Tim Bailey Lifeboat Operations Manager Beaumaris , Harry and Mathew form the face to face fundraising team and Angharad a shop volunteer

RNLI/Hywel Jones

The Sunbeam Motorbike outside Beaumaris boathouse

The Harry Bott is aiming to cover a few thousand miles as he visits all 238 RNLI stations in the UK and Ireland riding a classic 1926 Sunbeam Model 1, which used to belong to his great grandad.

The classic 1926 Sunbeam Model 1 has a top speed of just 45mph

Harry, who started his journey at Teddington RNLI and is aiming to raise £5,000 for the lifesaving charity.

Riding a bike that is nearly a century old hasn’t come without its issues, with Harry facing blown-out tyres, punctures, ignition issues and a seized piston.

But fortunately, he has the skills to keep the bike on the road, having recently graduated with an engineering degree from Oxford Brookes University.

‘It’s more or less a lawnmower engine, but it does its job… when it’s working,’ he said.

Everyone’s been excited to see it. It’s not every day you get to see old bikes like this out and about.’

Harry was inspired to embark on the trek after he and his dad restored his great-grandad’s motorcycle, bought in the 1930s and kept in the family ever since.

The RNLI has just launched this year’s Mayday fundraising campaign encouraging supporters to sign up for a Mayday Mile to help the charity keep saving lives at sea.

Harry is set to complete his own Mayday miles on his vintage bike actually completing 100 miles on May 1st for the RNLI Mayday appeal Harry added: ‘You don’t have to do as many miles as me and I would encourage everyone to sign up for a Mayday Mile if they can.’

You can follow his progress on:

Facebook: RNLI Lifeboat Station Tour

Instagram: Harry_Bott_


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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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