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Running to All South East Coast RNLI Lifeboat Stations - and the Thames Four

Lifeboats News Release

Emma Kirwin of Littlehampton set off on a 350 mile challenge from Teddington RNLI Lifeboat station today.

The next six months will see her run between each of the 24 South East Coast RNLI stations (including the Isle of Wight), as well as the four located along the Thames. Having set off from Teddington, her first stretch will take her along the river to Chiswick lifeboat station and then Tower Bridge where she will rest overnight. The next day will take her to Gravesend, and Sheerness and onwards before ending her feat at Mudeford in Dorset.

Emma was inspired to undertake the challenge having lived in Littlehampton for 16 years and as a regular visitor to her local lifeboat station.

She said, ‘Every time I visit I'm overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness, commitment and dedication and feel great admiration for the all the volunteers. As I visit each station, I hope to gain an understanding of the many different RNLI roles and the incredible part they play within our communities. I want to help raise funds for and awareness of the teams, roles and extensive training required to be part of the incredible RNLI crew within a station.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Allchurch and members of the Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station gathered to see Emma on her way. He said, ‘I am always amazed at the challenges that others undertake in order to raise funds for the RNLI. People like Emma are important in keeping us afloat, helping to save lives at sea and on our rivers.”

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RNLI crew, three dogs meet runner Emma Kirwin

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Emma Kirwin meets Teddington RNLI crew (plus dogs) as she sets off to visit all of the RNLI South East lifeboat stations
Emma is running off withh RNLI flag on her back

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Emma Kirwin sets off from Teddington RNLI lifeboat station
Crew with Emma at Lifeboat Station

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Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station crew meet Emma Kirwin

Key facts about the RNLI

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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