Gravesend RNLI lifeboat crew members take on a towering fundraiser challenge
Fiona Craven and Karla Thresher will both be taking on the RNLI Tower Run: over 1,400 steps of 22 Bishopsgate in London to raise money for the charity.
Fiona and Karla have been training as often as they can to prepare for the event, up to four days a week. They have been fitting training in between work, other hobbies and commitments, and volunteering.
Fiona, who has been volunteering as a lifeboat crew member at Gravesend station for almost four years, said, 'we will be doing the Tower Run in full RNLI crew kit: a full dry suit, lifejacket, and helmet. It's going to be a really tough challenge but we are aiming to complete it in about 90 minutes.'
The event will take place on Saturday 28 October 2023, and it is the tallest and toughest Tower Run event in the UK. 22 Bishopsgate holds special significance for the RNLI as it stands on the very site of the London Tavern where the institution was founded in 1824.
Both Fiona and Karla have pages you can visit to find out more about their challenge, and to donate to the RNLI:
RNLI Media Contacts:
For further information, please contact:
Helena Lane, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Gravesend RNLI (07809) 683883 email [email protected]
Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (London and South East), on 02076 207 425 or 07785 296 252, or email [email protected]
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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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