RNLI Kent Reindeer Relay to start with a team from Gravesend Lifeboat Station
At 5am on Saturday 25 November 2023 a team of crew members from Gravesend Lifeboat Station will set off on their bikes in the dark, to do part of a relay ride between nine Kent lifeboat stations to raise money for the RNLI.
Chris explains: 'The reindeer relay will start off from Royal Terrace Pier, where the lifeboat station is located in Gravesend, and make its way first to Sheerness, a journey of over 29 miles. Each team will complete a section between Kent's nine RNLI lifeboat stations, finishing at Dungeness. The whole relay totals over 130 miles.
'The teams will be made up of RNLI crew and supporters who are cycling, running, or walking to raise funds for the charity, which provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland. Last year over £2,000 was raised by the reindeer relay for the RNLI so we are hoping to raise as much or more this year.'
You can find out more about the challenge, and support the crew and the RNLI by donating at Gravesend Station's Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/page/gravesendrnlireindeerrelay2023
RNLI Media Contacts
For further information, please contact:
Helena Lane, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Gravesend RNLI on 01474 328 465 or email [email protected]
Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (London and South East), on 02076 207 425 or 07785 296 252, or email [email protected]
Julie Rainey, Regional Media Manager (South East), on 07827 358 256 or email [email protected] RNLI
Press Office on 01202 336 789 or email [email protected]
Key facts about Gravesend RNLI
Gravesend RNLI is one of the RNLI’s newest lifeboat stations and one of four lifeboat stations operating on the River Thames. The first stations to specifically cover a river rather than estuarial waters or the sea.
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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