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Porsche pays a visit to Staithes and Runswick RNLI on its fundraising mission

Lifeboats News Release

Belinda and James Richardson visited volunteers at Staithes and Runswick RNLI Lifeboat yesterday on their fundraising journey their 58th stop, visiting the stations in their Porsche 911 celebrating both the anniversary of the Porsche 911 and the RNLI’s D class lifeboat.


Belinda Richardson is presented with two gifts from the station, a station lapel badge and station history book by the late Grant McKee

Commencing their journey on 23 August 2023 their itinerary is full of visits to RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast, visiting England, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey.

The ultimate aim is raising enough money to purchase a D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) for the charity.

Starting at St Helier RNLI lifeboat station and completing their long journey at the RNLI lifeboat station in Poole the couple travelled up the Yorkshire coast on 3 September 2023, ending their day with a visit to Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat station, where the station's volunteers were presented with a plaque, and the Richardsons were given a gift from the station; one of the lapel badges and station history books, written by the late and much missed Grant McKee.

Notes to Editors

Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat has been in operation since 1978 with Atlantic B-class inshore lifeboats (ILB’s). The present ILB at the station B-897 Sheila and Dennis Tongue III has been on station since 2016.

You can follow Belinda and James’ journey on their Instagram

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