Harwich local completes six-mile swim for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Dave Jones, a Demonstrator at Kärcher UK for over 24 years, completed a six-mile open water swimming challenge from Walton beach to Harwich RNLI Lifeboat Station on Friday 25 August to raise funds for the company’s charity partner, the RNLI.

RNLI/Adam Prescott

Dave first started open water swimming in Dovercourt Bay a year and a half ago to help keep fit but is already taking on huge challenges, including swimming for six miles in just four and a half hours, a personal best, in aid of the RNLI.


Kärcher staff and Harwich RNLI volunteers were there to meet and congratulate Dave as he finished his swim challenge on Friday 25 August.

So far, Dave has raised almost £2,800 with just one week left to go on his JustGiving fundraising page where he mentions his fondness for the lifesaving charity:

The RNLI has always been close to my heart due to my connections with Harwich and my previous career.

‘I spent my early adulthood in the Merchant Navy and before that grew up in Harwich, a sea town on the East Coast, so I have seen first-hand the amazing work the RNLI do.’

As part of the RNLI’s partnership with Kärcher, all 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland are set to receive Kärcher cleaning equipment over the next three years. This will include professional grade pressure washers and other important cleaning appliances to support with vital maintenance at every lifeboat station.

To donate to the RNLI via Dave’s fundraiser, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/page/dave-jones-1689586068442

Notes to editors 

  • Drone footage and photos of Dave’s swim are available upon request.

RNLI media contacts  

For more information, please conact Adam Prescott, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789. 


RNLI/Adam Prescott

RNLI/Adam Prescott

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