Stephen’s story

Stephen Sherwin and three friends challenged themselves to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) from Skerries, north of Dublin, to Holyhead on Anglesey.

Stephen Sherwin with standing with his three SUP challenge friends in a lifeboat station

Stephen Sherwin

Stephen and his friends wanted a unique challenge that involved their love of watersports.

Why did you choose to fundraise for the RNLI?

Four of us had set the challenge and we wanted to do it for charity. We are all big watersports enthusiasts, the challenge was based on the sea and we were effectively paddling from one lifeboat station to another. For us the RNLI just seemed like an obvious choice.

Some of our families and friends are involved in RNLI in many ways - from crew, to fundraising and staff members. The sea is a real focal point of the town we are from for both business and recreation, and the RNLI play such a big part in keeping people safe on the water.

What’s your favourite thing about the RNLI?

As volunteers relying on donations, they provide such a professional service with state of the art equipment.

How did your SUP challenge come about?

We set ourselves a very ambitious challenge that many people thought wouldn't be possible, and I think we captured their imagination.

A stand up paddleboarder at sunset on the Skerries to Anglesey challenge

Stephen Sherwin

Sunset SUP: The group took on an ambitious challenge, paddling between two lifeboat stations across the Irish Sea.

How much did you raise?

To date we have raised €8,000 and rising on the JustGiving page and a company have agreed to donate an additional €5,000.

What did you enjoy the most about fundraising for the RNLI?

Knowing that our challenge wasn't just about us achieving a goal for ourselves. We were promoting safety on the water and helping to make a difference for a charity that had saved so many lives at sea.

What’s your top tip for fundraising?

Try and do something different and then share your story. We got some great media/social media coverage that helped spread our story and encouraged people to donate. 

What would you say to someone thinking about fundraising for the RNLI?

Talk to the RNLI early as they will be able to help and advise you on ways to get up and running.