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Astonishing vintage car journey raises £6,510 for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Longhope RNLI and Abersoch RNLI linked by intrepid supporters.

Mary Harris

Presenting photo of Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat. (L-R) Helen Hudson, Coxswain Scott Johnston, Mechanic Alex Sinclair, and Martyn Hudson.

Martyn and Helen Hudson started their extraordinary journey on 15 September at Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Station in Wales. The duo travelled in a very splendid 1914 Sunbeam 12/16 hp, affectionately called Mildred, via Ireland, to Longhope RNLI.

It took the adventurous couple 13 days to reach Longhope RNLI and fulfil their dream.

Having close connections to the sea and the RNLI, Martyn and Helen decided to use their journey as an RNLI fundraising opportunity. With the aid of a lifeboat collecting bucket attached to the car’s running board and the online social platform JustGiving, they very successfully achieved their aim raising a magnificent £6,510.

Travelling about 1000 miles they arrived at Longhope. After an emotional visit to Longhope Lifeboat Museum, Martyn and Helen set off again to complete their mission, a visit to Longhope RNLI Lifeboat station.

Here they were greeted by Coxswain Scott Johnston and other volunteer crew members. To our great surprise the station was presented with a framed photo of Abersoch RNLI lifeboat in action. How splendid that the two stations have been linked by this incredible journey.

A spokesperson for Longhope RNLI says: 'We would like to sincerely thank Martyn and Helen and all the folk who so generously donated to their very worthy cause; the charity that saves lives at sea.'

Notes to editors

· Longhope lifeboat station has been operating since 1874. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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Mary Harris

End of journey. Martyn and Helen Hudson in Mildred with Longhope RNLI lifeboat.

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