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RNLI Porsche 911 Challenge Visits Wells RNLI

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Wells RNLI played host to Belinda and James Richardson and their bright red Porsche 911, 'Splash', on Friday 1 September 2023.

Wells RNLI played host to Belinda and James Richardson and their bright red Porsche 911, 'Splash', on Friday 1 September 2023.

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911 Porsche Challenge visiting Wells RNLI

The couple have been embarking on different RNLI-911 Challenges each year and will continue until 2024 when the RNLI will celebrate its bicentenary. Their goal is not only to raise awareness of the charity and its volunteers who save lives at sea, but also to raise funds via sponsorship to buy a D Class inshore lifeboat by 2024.


The couple are driving 3,500 miles anti-clockwise around the whole of England, including Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Isle of White, Isle of Man and Isle of Scilly visiting all 116 lifeboat stations


Belinda explained ‘Although we are not connected to the RNLI we are humbled by this unique organisation's 6,500 volunteers; be it the boat crews, land crew, lifeguards or fundraiser and wish to put our new found freedom to good use in supporting their gallant efforts by raising funds for a 'D' Class Lifeboat.’



Today, James and Belinda met up with Coxswain Nicky King, Mechanic Martin Emerson and several of the station’s volunteer crew. Matthew Lockwood of Porsche centre Norwich, who have sponsored six station visits, was also in attendance and presented the station with a plaque.


Coxswain Nicky King said ‘ Thank you for your support and efforts to raise awareness of the life saving work the RNLI do. We wish you both good luck on the rest of your journey from all at Wells station.’


Belinda and James will continue their journey along the coast visiting RNLI Hunstanton and RNLI Skegness. Please help by showing them your support.


Notes to editor

Belinda & James, a young (at heart) retired couple from London who have been big fans of the RNLI since owning a RIB on the Thames over 20 years ago.


They get to drive to some of the most beautiful and diverse coastlines around the UK and Ireland in their Challenge car, which they have named ‘SPLASH’, come sun, wind, or storm!

Wells RNLI played host to Belinda and James Richardson and their bright red Porsche 911, 'Splash', on Friday 1 September 2023.

RNLI/Ray West

Wells RNLI played host to Belinda and James Richardson and their bright red Porsche 911, 'Splash', on Friday 1 September 2023.
Wells RNLI played host to Belinda and James Richardson and their bright red Porsche 911, 'Splash', on Friday 1 September 2023 photo with Shannon 13-46 Duke of Edinburgh

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Wells RNLI played host to Belinda and James Richardson and their bright red Porsche 911, 'Splash', on Friday 1 September 2023.
Wells RNLI played host to Belinda and James Richardson and their bright red Porsche 911, 'Splash', on Friday 1 September 2023.

RNLI/Ray West

Porsche challenge 9.11 with Matthew Lockwood of Porsche Norwich

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