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London couple to raise money for RNLI by visiting every lifeboat station in Wales – in a Porsche

23 Aug 2021 2 minutes Read
RNLI. Picture by Matthew Smith (CC BY 2.0).

A couple from London are planning to raise money for the RNLI – by visit every lifeboat station in Wales, in a Porsche.

Between today and 1 September, Belinda and James Richardson are planning to travel over 2000 miles in ‘Splash’ their Porsche 911. The challenge will be covered in 9.11 days in order to raise money for the RNLI as part of an ongoing series of seven challenges.

The retired couple have already toured all 238 stations around the coast of the British Isles in 2018 and visited all 77 stations in Scotland in 2019.

Beginning at Conwy lifeboat station at 9.11am today, the couple will travel anti-clockwise around Wales to visit all past and present Welsh RNLI lifeboat stations.

This tour, which is one of a series of challenges the couple intends on completing before the RNLI’s bi-centenary in 2024, aims to promote the “incredible work carried out by the RNLI volunteers” and contribute to a their aim of raising £52,000 by 2024.

When asked about why they chose to support the RNLI and about the motivation behind their challenge, Belinda and James said “it is our way of recognising and helping the selfless dedication of the RNLI and their volunteers.”

‘Great’

The porsche

Nick Evans, Fundraising and Partnership Lead for the RNLI sayid that their challenge was “an amazing example of some of the creative and fun ways our supporters raise money for the RNLI and help us continue our work”.

“Their dedication to supporting the RNLI through their various challenges is remarkable particularly given the distance they live from the coastline,” he said.

“This summer we have seen a huge increase in the numbers of visitors to the coast with people opting for staycations instead of travelling abroad. Belinda and James’ story and commitment to the charity despite living inland shows how visitors to the coast appreciate the work of our great volunteers just as much as those who live in coastal communities.”

You can find out more information about the challenge and follow their journey on their website.

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