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Young brothers run 2.5 marathons for RNLI fundraiser

Two young brothers from West Kirby, Jack and Orson, have hit the headlines after their raised over £1,500 for the RNLI by running 60 miles in 28 days.

When they reached the finish line of their challenge, just outside West Kirby Lifeboat Station, they were cheered by a socially distanced group of their close family members and two crew members.

The boys wanted to support the RNLI because they live by the sea and often see the volunteers at RNLI West Kirby in action.

They’d initially set themselves a £150 target, so were thrilled to raise 10 times that amount.

Richard Diamond, Lifeboat Operations Manager at West Kirby, says: ‘We are so proud of the boys’ achievement and thank them for raising vital funds that will continue to support all the lifesaving work that is carried out by the RNLI.

“We look forward to welcoming them onto the crew when they are older should they wish to join!’

Meanwhile, the RNLI has launched a fundraising appeal after a massive loss caused by the pandemic.

On top of fundraising activities having to be paused, causing a loss of ‘millions’, the charity also had to spend £1.2m to ensure its volunteer lifeboat crews and beach lifeguards had PPE.

Overall the RNLI had to buy 6.7 million pieces of PPE, including almost 700,000 face masks, 2.4 million gloves and 5,000 litres of hand sanitiser.

The charity said: “The past year has been tough in so many ways but, like you, we made sacrifices and we made it through.

“Although we’re still struggling through the pandemic, there’s promise of a better spring.

“The sky is a little lighter, the grass a little greener. With longer days on the way, more people will be drawn to the water.

“Hope of rescue is what they’ll need should they find themselves in trouble.”

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Grounded yacht off Poole

And it was a busy start to the Easter weekend for the RNLI.

Poole lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard just before 10am on Friday April 2.

The lifeboat volunteers were requested to launch to two paddle boarders, who were on a large paddle board off Lake Pier, they were struggling against a strong tide, drifting in the shallows towards Rockley.

The lifeboat crew arrived on scene and checked that the casualties were well, but they were very cold and tired. The crew transferred them onto the lifeboat and took them back safely ashore at Lake Pier.

As all was well, the lifeboat returned to station, after refuelling and a thorough wash down the lifeboat was ready for service by 11am.

Volunteer Helm Alex Evans said: ‘The paddle boarders had gone out prepared, wearing appropriate clothing, with means of calling for help, which they did, the conditions were quite tricky with the strong tide, so they did the right thing in asking for help.’

Later in the afternoon, the D class inshore lifeboat was tasked just before 4pm, to a yacht that was aground in the Wareham Channel close to Giggers Island.

Even though there was bright sunshine, there was a short chop in the harbour and a fresh north north east wind F2 to 3.

The D class was soon on scene and carried out a welfare check, there was two people on board. The lifeboat crew discussed the options with the occupants, with their well-being being paramount.

The skipper was happy to set an anchor and wait for the tide and as they had provisions were okay to wait it out for high water, which was due around midnight.

The lifeboat headed back to station, after refuelling and a wash down they were ready for service by 5.30pm

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