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UK Coast charity walkers enjoy a brew with the crew at Newquay RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A couple who are nearing the end of a 12-month, 6,000-mile walk around the entire coastline of mainland Britain in aid of the RNLI visited Newquay lifeboat station and enjoyed a 'brew with the crew' on Friday lunchtime (17 May).

Antony & Sally Brown from St Blazey Gate in Cornwall began their walk at Bude RNLI last May, walking clockwise round the coast and are now only five days and three lifeboat stations away from completing the trek back in Bude one year later, having raised more than £10,000 for the charity that saves lives at sea.

After being at the lifeboat station until 11pm on Thursday night following a call to investigate an object in the water at East Pentire, some of Newquay's RNLI volunteers returned to the boathouse at 2pm to welcome Antony & Sally in glorious sunshine, following their walk from St Agnes on Friday morning.

Antony & Sally left Bude on 15 May last year and are due to arrive back there on Wednesday (22 May), the day before Sally's 60th birthday. Antony said: 'We walked the Cornish coast path in 2015 and loved it, which inspired us to walk further! We're proud to fundraise for the charity which does such vital work and the welcome we've received from lifeboat crews around the UK has been one of the highlights of the walk. We call ourselves 'gap-year grandparents! The kids had gap-years, so this is ours!'.

Newquay RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Andy Hobkinson said: 'I was a bit 'late to the party' unfortunately, but since Antony & Sally left Yorkshire en route to Cornwall in early February, I have been on board with them, contacting lifeboat stations to encourage support and arrange welcomes from crews. I walked the South West Coast Path 25-years ago, so I have nothing but admiration for the challenge that Antony & Sally have been undertaking, walking ten-times that distance to support the dedicated crews of the RNLI'.

Notes to editors
Supporters can donate to Antony & Sally's walk in aid of the RNLI at: and follow their progress at:

Main picture: Antony & Sally enjoying a 'brew with the crew' at Newquay RNLI in the last week of their 12-month charity walk. Credit: Fiona Morris.

Newquay lifeboat station opened in 1860 and today’s RNLI volunteers operate two inshore lifeboats and are on call 24-hours-a-day to save lives at sea.

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For more information please contact Andy Hobkinson, volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer at [email protected] or 07880 507464 or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Communications Manager at [email protected] or 07786 668847 or contact the RNLI Press Office (24 hours) on 01202 336789.

Antony & Sally pictured from behind, sat on the edge of the quay in their charity vests, drinking tea in tandem, while looking out over the harbour in glorious sunshine.

RNLI/Ann-Marie Dale

Antony & Sally enjoying a well-earned break at Newquay Harbour, with just three lifeboat stations remaining on their 6,000-mile coastal walk in aid of the RNLI.

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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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