RNLI STATION TO STATION CHALLENGE

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The RNLI is a charity that is very close to our hearts.

In these uncertain times, when we can’t raise funds in one of the more traditional ways, we have come up with our own fundraising campaign to lend our support to the charity. We have set ourselves a virtual challenge to walk, run, cycle or row from RNLI station to station around the entire British Isles – a mere 3636 miles!

We are delighted that the funds raised can be channelled directly to essential crew kit for the Longhope lifeboat.

We have an enthusiastic group of participants (shore staff and MV Alfred’s crew) that have already embarked on the journey. You can chart our progress here.

Please get on board and support us by donating through JustGiving.com.

There has never been a more important time to contribute to our volunteer lifeboat crews as they continue to answer calls and save lives.

Thank you for your support.

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SEE HOW FAR WE’VE TRAVELLED

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18TH  MAY –  50 MILES

After a strong start we’ve sailed past the Wick RNLI Lifeboat Station and made it to the 50 mile marker.

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21st  MAY –  200 MILES

We’ve run, walked, rowed and cycled a total of 244 miles so far for our RNLI Station to Station Challenge. You can see in the photo one of the beautiful Orkney views we’ve enjoyed on our journey!

Charting our progress round the UK coastline, we’ve just passed Aberdeen and are fast approaching the station in Montrose. Along the way we’ve passed Lifeboat Stations in Buckie, Macduff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Aberdeen and Stonehaven.

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23rd  MAY –  275 MILES

Some of today’s miles come from Captain Mirek, who is currently in Poland, but still helping add to our total!

We’ve reached 275ish miles, so we’ve passed RNLI Montrose, Arbroath Lifeboat, Broughty Ferry Lifeboat – RNLI, RNLI Anstruther Lifeboat, Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat and are just arriving at the Firth of Forth.

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24th  MAY –  350 MILES

We’ve now passed the 350 mile marker and are making our way down the North East coast of England. We’ve been enjoying the weather whilst out in Orkney, here are more of the photos we’ve been snapping along the way…

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25th  MAY –  550MILES

We’ve been busy exercising over the weekend and have now travelled an amazing 550 miles! And thanks to your donations we’re now a quarter of the way to our target of £4000 for the RNLI Longhope Lifeboat.

So you can picture our virtual journey, we’ve included some photos of the views we’d be seeing in the North East of England. We’ve passed stations in RNLI, Blyth Lifeboat, Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, RNLI – Sunderland Lifeboat Station, RNLI Redcar, Staithes & Runswick RNLI, Whitby RNLI lifeboat, RNLI Filey Lifeboat, RNLI – Humber Lifeboat Station, and are now just passing RNLI Skegness.

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26th  MAY –  895 MILES

More miles just in – we’ve hit 895 and are now virtually speeding along the South Coast of England. We’ve created a frame for our RNLI Challenge, if you want to show your support, or if you’re one of our members of staff and are participating, you can add it to your profile picture. From 550 – 895 miles, we’ve passed lots of stations including Great Yarmouth, Southwold, Southend-on-Sea, Margate, Dover, Hastings, Brighton, Yarmouth and are just approaching Poole.

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26th  MAY –  1142 MILES

We’ve now passed Land’s End and racked up a huge 1,142 miles! We’ve been turning a few heads whilst out and about exercising…

Along the way we’ve passed RNLI Stations in Weymouth, Plymouth, Falmouth, St Ives, and are approaching Padstow.

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30th  MAY –  1467 MILES

We’ve now virtually travelled up the coast of Wales and hit 1467 miles. Below are some screenshots of the miles logged this week by our team. Thanks to all those participating – keep up the good work!

Thank you to all those who’ve donated so far as we raise money for RNLI Longhope Lifeboat. If haven’t already, and want to help us reach our £4,000 target, you can make a donation at: justgiving.com/fundraising/pentland-ferries

The latest stations on our virtual journey include:
Port Isaac RNLI, RNLI Appledore Lifeboat Station, RNLI Port Talbot, St Davids Lifeboat RNLI, Bad Achub Aberystwyth Lifeboat and Aberdyfi Lifeboat.

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31st  MAY –  1728 MILES

We’ve hit 1728 miles! So have just begun our loop of Ireland.

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1st  JUNE –  2140 MILES

Our team has been picking up pace – with another 412.7 miles now recorded. We need to raise more than a £1 per mile to reach our target and provide essential kit for the RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Station crew.

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3RD  JUNE –  2394 MILES

Our team have clocked up more miles – we’re now at 2394 and our total is £1,739.

We are absolutely delighted by the tremendous progress and support that we have received to date. Your money will buy specially modified layered clothing, boots, lifejackets, helmets and gloves for RNLI Longhope.

Andrew Fellows of RNLI Longhope said:

“RNLI all-weather kit is essential to our volunteer crew, enabling them to operate effectively in the most demanding of conditions. During lockdown our volunteers continue to be ready to respond, though our normal programme of fundraising events is on hold. At Longhope, we are ever grateful for the resourceful and energetic fundraising which makes it possible for our committed men and women to remain properly prepared and protected whilst saving lives at sea.”

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6th  JUNE –  2564 MILES

We’ve now logged 2564 miles and are arriving back at the Scottish coast having completed our lap of Ireland.

From 2394 – 2564 miles we’ve passed: Arranmore RNLI, RNLI Lough Swilly, RNLI Larne, RNLI Bangor, Stranraer RNLI Lifeboat, and are approaching RNLI Girvan.

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11th  JUNE –  2706 MILES

There is no stopping our team – we are making unbelievable progress – so we’ve decided to take a less direct route and extend our virtual journey by 251 miles so that we can take in a little more of Scotland’s beautiful West Coast and Islands. With the miles logged this week we’re pleased to be visiting friends in RNLI Girvan Lifeboat, RNLI Troon Lifeboat, RNLI Troon Lifeboat, RNLI Helensburgh, RNLI Tighnabruaich Lifeboat, Arran RNLI and we’ve just passed RNLI Campbeltown lifeboat station.

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12th  JUNE –  2854 MILES

We’ve racked up another 148 miles, with only 782 miles to go. Thanks to all your fantastic support, we have raised over £2000! Can we reach the £4000 required for new kit for the Longhope Lifeboat?

Today we’ve said hello to: RNLI Stations in RNLI Islay Lifeboat 17-08, RNLI Oban Lifeboat Station, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat and have just passed RNLI Mallaig.

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19th  JUNE –  3125 MILES

We’ve just hit 3,124 miles which takes us virtually just north of Ullapool. Along the way we’ve passed Barra Island RNLI Lifeboat, Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat, RNLI Portree, Kyle Lifeboat RNLI, Stornoway RNLI and RNLI Lochinver Lifeboat. Thank you to everyone who has donated far – it’s good to know you’re with us as we approach the final stages.

Photo RNLI Tobermory and Leverburgh: RNLI/Sam Jones

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24th  JUNE –  3384 MILES

This week’s miles are in and we’ve hit 3,384! Our intrepid team has virtually travelled up the west coast of Orkney and are delighted to have arrived in Shetland at RNLI Aith. On the way, we passed very close to home, so we’ve waved out to RNLI Thurso, RNLI Longhope and RNLI Stromness. We’re very grateful for all the donations as we work towards our £4000 target for new kit for Longhope Lifeboat.

Photo Stromness: RNLI/Richard Clubley

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30th  JUNE –  3495 MILES

As we pass RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat, we really are on the final stretch! Please make the last 200 miles count, by supporting our amazing team, and making a donation.

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1st  JUly-  3593 MILES

More miles just in – we’ve hit 3,593 and are now virtually speeding down the east coast of Orkney (hello RNLI Kirkwall Lifeboat) towards St Margaret’s Hope.

We’ve been running, walking, cycling and rowing to raise money for new kit for RNLI Longhope Lifeboat. If you’d like to help us on the home stretch you can donate here

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