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A cyclist has ridden 200 miles in one day in aid of Wells RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Paul Edwards cycled from his home in Hook, Hampshire on Friday 10 May to Wells RNLI station, a total of 208 miles.

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Paul Edwards cycles 200 miles

Paul’s affinity and fondness for the RNLI stems from visiting the Queensferry RNLI station when he was young, as a family member was a volunteer there. Later in life he spent 2 weeks at the RNLI HQ in Poole on work experience. This led to him taking up sailing as a hobby and whilst participating in a race, the boat Paul was on became tangled in a fishing net and the Alderney Lifeboat Volunteer crew came to their aid. Paul said ‘ We were all so grateful to have the comfort of knowing the RNLI were there for us at sea, a reason I will forever donate to the charity.’

Paul decided to set himself the challenge of cycling 200 miles, in recognition of the 200 anniversary of the RNLI. Due to a road diversion, Paul cycled 208 miles, before reaching Wells RNLI at 8.50pm, having set off from home at 6.30am.

Paul had previously raised a massive £1741 for the RNLI in May 2021, cycling 457 miles in May that year, partaking in the May Day Mile Challenge. Paul had raised another incredible £1800 to date on this cycle ride.

Notes to the editor.

Wells RNLI has a D-Class Inshore Lifeboat ‘Peter Wilcox’ and a Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat ‘Duke of Edinburgh’. The boathouse and the All Weather Lifeboat were new in 2022. The ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ lifeboat was the first UK Launch a Memory lifeboat, which has 15,000 names printed on the decals. This helped to raise much needed funds for the RNLI and attracts thousands of visitors to the station.

Author Adele Meakin, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer at Wells RNLI.

Cyclist with bike beside a bench with a panel of names on at Wells RNLI

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Paul Edwards beside the Launch a Memory panel at Wells RNLI
Paul Edwards with bike in front of a blue door at Wells RNLI

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Paul Edwards in front of the Wells RNLI boathouse
Paul Edwards standing in front of a Shannon class ALB lifeboat

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Paul Edwards in front of 'Duke of Edinburgh' Shannon class All Weather Lifeboat

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