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Norfolk marathon runner raises over £1700 in memory of his Mum

Lifeboats News Release

Cromer RNLI has said a huge 'thank you' to Stewart Jeeves who ran 26.2 miles in support of Cromer RNLI.

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Stewart Jeeves with Cromer RNLI volunteers Paul Watling, Richard Annis and Roger Sutton

Cromer RNLI welcomed Stewart, wife Hayley and son Jenson to say an in person thank you following Stewart’s fantastic marathon effort on Sunday 28 April - seeing him finish in an impressive three hours 47 minutes.

Stewart said: ‘Mum was a supporter of a number of charities throughout her life but had a particular love for the RNLI and had a particular fondness for the Cromer RNLI.

‘Before Mum passed away I had signed up to take part in the Norfolk Marathon, which starts and finishes at Cromer Pier, the home of the Cromer Lifeboat station. With this is mind it seemed so fitting to run this race in Mum’s memory and to raise as much money as possible for something that was very close to her heart.

'We have so many special memories of Mum with all our trips to Norfolk and this gave me one more lasting memory as I know she was there with me as she was always my biggest supporter. The run was an emotional rollercoaster! The toughest Marathon I’ve done both mentally and physically but it was all worth it in memory of my Mum.'

Cromer RNLI Coxswain/Mechanic, Paul Watling said: ‘It was an absolute pleasure to meet Stewart and his family - he has raised an incredible sum of money to help support our lifesaving work in this very special 200th anniversary year.

'In the last 200 years RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and beach lifeguards have saved more than 146,000 lives but this is only possible thanks to generous donations and selfless supporters like Stewart along with all those who have contributed to their incredible fundraising efforts. Thank you, your kindness means so much to us. Every one of you is a lifesaver.'

See Stewart's Just Giving page here:

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Key facts about Cromer RNLI

The Cromer Lifeboat Station was established in 1804 and was not taken over by the Institution from the Norfolk Shipwreck Association until 1857. Since 1923 there have been two lifeboats at Cromer, and currently there is a D Class inshore boat and Tamar all-weather lifeboat. The outstanding figure in the history of Cromer is Henry George Blogg who became a member of the Cromer crew in 1894 at the age of 18. He was coxswain from 1909-1947. During his 53 years as a lifeboat crew member, the Cromer lifeboats had been on service 387 times and rescued 873 lives. His record is without equal in the history of the Institution. No lifeboat crew member has received so many decorations for gallantry.

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Stewart Jeeves with son Jenson

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Stewart Jeeves with wife Hayley, son Jenson and Cromer RNLI volunteers Paul Watling, Richard Annis and Roger Sutton

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Stewart Jeeves with wife Hayley and son Jenson

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