A couple who are attempting to visit all 116 RNLI stations in England in just 23 days have made it to Lytham St Annes.
James and Belinda Richardson from London are driving an orange and blue RNLI-branded Porsche 911. By the end of their tour, they will have covered approximately 3,000 miles.
Their project, 'RNLI-911 Challenge 2023', has raised more than £70,000. The funds are intended to purchase a new lifeboat for the charity.
Digby Moulden, Chair LSA RNLI Fundraising Branch, said: “Thank you, Belinda and James, for visiting the Lytham St. Annes RNLI Lifeboat station. It’s an incredible challenge, and we wanted to support them. The funds they are raising for the RNLI will significantly impact and help us save lives at sea.”
After the presentation to Richard, the couple from London chatted over a coffee with the RNLI volunteer crew. Porsche Centre Preston, who sponsored three of the challengers’ station visits in the North West, attended and presented a celebratory plaque to the station to mark the event.
For Porsche Centre Preston, Amy Lancaster-Hall said: "Our centre is near the RNLI headquarters and the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station. We decided to support James and Belinda’s RNLI-911 Challenge, which raises funds for the RNLI."
James and Belinda had planned to tour the continent in their retirement. But, after watching the 'Saving Lives at Sea' TV programme, they decided to raise money for the RNLI instead. They have already raised £70,000 and aim to gather enough for a D Class lifeboat by 2024. The tour is scheduled to end on September 14.
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