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The Scarborough RNLI Lyke Wake Walk challenge: Was it worth it? Yes, it was!

Lifeboats News Release

Starting at 4pm, on 21 July 2023 members of the Scarborough RNLI crew began the Lyke Wake Walk overnight to raise lifesaving funds for the station. It was an epic challenge to complete, and thanks to the generosity of the station’s supporters, the team raised £3757.

Scarborough RNLI Lyke Wake Walk 2023 team with the mannequin on a stretcher on the floor in front of them on location in the North Yorkshire Moors.


Scarborough RNLI Lyke Wake Walk 2023 team.

It is not the first time that Scarborough RNLI crew members have taken part in tough fundraising challenges. However, this could have been one of the most arduous challenges they have undertaken. It was a shining example of how the Scarborough RNLI crew trust and depend on each other - either on land or when at sea.

The team faced some terrible conditions overnight as the stereotypical British weather didn't hold back - rain, wind, darkness, bogs and muddy terrain. That said, they crossed the finishing line at 12:59 on Saturday 22 July 2023. They completed it in 20 hours and 59 minutes, three hours and one minute faster than their initial 24-hour goal.

Paul Dixon, RNLI lifeboat crew member, commented during one of the team’s overnight video updates: 'If you are just tuning and wondering what this crazy madness is, we aren't just walking across the Lyke Wake Walk in the middle of the night for fun… we are doing this to raise funds for our [lifeboat] station, so we can carry on saving lives at sea and raise vital funds.’

The donations received by the station’s generous supporters will enable Scarborough RNLI to continue their vital work to save lives at sea. Examples of how this money could be used include purchasing any of the following:

  • Drysuit for an ILB crew member (£804),

  • Thermal suit for an ILB crew member (£230),

  • Helly Hansen layered clothing and boots for an ALB crew member (£1500*),

  • Lifejacket (£590),

  • Helmet (£350),

  • Seagoing gloves (£25).

*(RRP, discounts negotiated where possible)

Alternatively, the average cost for training an individual crew member per year is approximately £1400. The £3757 raised by the selfless courage, determination and resilience of the Lyke Wake Walk team will make a huge difference to enable the station’s crew to continue to save lives at sea.

'Congratulations and well done to everyone who completed the Lyke Wake Walk overnight challenge and thank you to everyone who supported the team through their generous donations. Until the next challenge …'

Notes to editors

RNLI Photo credits

Primary photo 'Scarborough RNLI Lyke Wake Walk 2023 team' to be credited to RNLI/ Phil C.

All other photos to be credited to RNLI/ Paul Dixon.

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Scarborough RNLI Lyke Wake Walk 2023 team climbing up stone stairs into the forest carrying the mannequin on a stretcher.

RNLI/Paul Dixon

Ascending into the forest.
Scarborough RNLI Lyke Wake Walk 2023 team walking over moorland carrying the mannequin and stretcher as the weather begins to deteriorate.

RNLI/Paul Dixon

The weather is beginning to turn.
Scarborough RNLI Lyke Wake Walk 2023 team walking over a concrete path after the poor weather has passed

RNLI/Paul Dixon

The worst is over.
Colin Whitehead, Scarborough RNLI chairperson and oldest person on the team, leading the other team members over grassland

RNLI/Paul Dixon

Colin our chairperson leading the way.
Scarborough RNLI team members lifting the mannequin and stretcher over a kissing gate.

RNLI/ Paul Dxion

It's not that heavy!

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