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Rescued Climber in Fundraising Run for Stromness RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Louise Houghton, who was rescued by Stromness RNLI volunteers, returned to Orkney a year after her climbing accident to say 'Thank You' to the crew of the lifeboat for saving her life.

Louise, in lifeboat T-shirt standing ready to run

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Louise ready for the off
Louise fell from Yesnaby Cliffs in May 2022, sustaining terrible injuries. Prompt action by coastguards on shore, Stromness RNLI lifeboat, coastguard helicopter and medical staff at Orkney's Balfour Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary saved her life and got her well on the way to recovery.

In June 2023 Louise and her entire family travelled back up to Stromness from their home in Wigan to meet the crew and say a big thank you. It is no exaggeration to say friendships have been formed that will last lifetimes. Some of Louise's family and friends ran a half marathon a few months ago and raised £3,800 for RNLI.

Now, in August 2023, Louise has pulled on her own running shoes and completed a 5k course, raising a further £1,000. She had thought she may need to walk a bit but managed the whole thing at a steady jog. She plans to do one or two 5k runs a month as her recovery continues.

In a rash moment, a crew member in Stromness said they would run at the same time as Louise to give moral support. On the event the day was the worst weather of the summer, with lashing wind and rain so the Stromness run became a walk in full, yellow RNLI kit. Some helpers and guild members joined in wearing RNLI T-shirts (under their coats, after the group photo had been taken). A further £325 was put into their collecting buckets by the generous Stromness folk brave enough to be out on the street.

Notes to editors

· Stromness lifeboat station has been operating since 1867. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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Louise running across a field with Welsh hills behind

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Louise, during the run in the Welsh countryside
Stromness crew and guild in the station before stepping out into the rain

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Stromness Moral Support Team
Five crew members, wet but happy, with collecting buckets

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Wet walkers ready for a cuppa

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