Emma’s 350-mile run reaches Whitstable RNLI
Keen runner Emma Kirwin from Littlehampton who has embarked on a challenge of running between all 28 of the RNLI Southeast lifeboat stations from Teddington in London to Mudeford in Dorset arrived at Whitstable lifeboat station on Tuesday evening having run the 25-miles from Sheerness.
Emma said “I am fundraising for the RNLI by running between all of the Southeast coast RNLI stations over an 8 month period. I started my challenge at Teddington. From there I ran to Chiswick, Tower and then on to Gravesend. Then on Tuesday the next part of my run took me from Sheerness to Whitstable. My challenge will then continue around the Southeast coast line, finishing at Mudeford in Dorset”
Emma continued “being a mum and proprietor of a small business I am completing my 350-mile marathon over an 8-month period by running between the various stations at weekend or days off and intend to round off by taking part in the London Marathon in April”.
Arriving at Whitstable on Tuesday evening Emma was met by Helm Dave Parry, Deputy Launching Authority Kellie Gray and Station Social Media Officer Steve Gray and spent some time chatting about the work of the station and looking around the boat and boathouse.
Writing on her ‘Just Giving’ page Emma said “Along with their really impressive look out room (apologies if this is not what it’s really called) they had the most enchanting wall of mugs. It might seem insignificant compared to the remarkable equipment and their lifeboat. But this wall, with its initialled mugs for every crew member symbolised to me the strong sense of community, loyalty and passion the crew members have for their role within the RNLI. Thank you Whitstable for your wonderful warm welcome.
Supporters can follow Emma’s progress on her Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/love2runfree/
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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