Police Officer runs marathon for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Police Officer Stuart Darling ran his first marathon at York on 16 October 2022, to raise money for the RNLI.

Police Officer Stuart Darling with his cousin Coxwain Robert Frost

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Police Officer runs marathon for RNLI

Stuart, a frequent runner, finished his race in four hours 13 minutes. The reason he chose the RNLI was that he has strong connections with the charity.

After collecting monies in from his sponsors, Stuart came down to Berwick-upon-Tweed lifeboat station to meet the crew.

Stuart said: ‘Being a local I enjoy the coast, I also I have a cousin Robert Frost who is a Coxswain at Berwick-Upon-Tweed lifeboat station and have seen first hand the voluntary contribution that the crew put in, risking their lives to save someone else's life on the Northumberland coast, when I have been in attendance at incidents as a Police Officer, I take my hat off to all of them.'

Coxswain Robert Frost said: ‘I am really proud of my cousin Stuart for raising £786, for the RNLI, it is only through people like Stuart the RNLI is able to be there 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The money will be put to good use, helping maintain our lifeboats and buying essential Personal Protective Clothing so that the crew can continue saving lives at sea. 'Thanks Stuart' on behalf of all at Berwick-upon-Tweed lifeboat station.'

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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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