The lifeboat crew members will once again take up temporary residence in Kingston’s Bentalls shopping centre to raise funds for the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event – RNLI SOS Day.
Last year the teams held a ‘rowathon’ using rowing machines – clearly this year they preferred a higher viewing position and if not too out-of-breath more chance to chat to well-wishers as they power towards their target. They are hoping to repeat last year’s success where £13,000 was raised for the charity.
The crew will spend 32 hours non-stop on cycling machines, in a bid to cycle the equivalent of 768 miles: the distance between the RNLI’s most northerly and southerly lifeboat stations – Aith, in Scotland, and St Helier in Jersey, respectively.
SOS Day is a national initiative designed to raise funds which enable the RNLI to keep its fleet of lifeboats in operation. Fundraising branches, RNLI supporters, schools, businesses and anyone and everyone are encouraged to get on board and help raise funds for the RNLI on January 29. Whether it’s pennies or pounds, every donation helps to keep the lifeboats afloat and the volunteers to help save lives at sea and on the river.
This fund-raising challenge starts at 9am on Friday January 28th (the date of SOS day) and will continue for a thigh-busting 32 hours throughout the night through to 5pm on Saturday. There will also be a D-Class Lifeboat on show and photo opportunities with the RNLI mascot Stormy Stan (pictured below).
So if you’re out and about in Kingston on either of these days, make sure you bring along some spare change and check out the crew in action. Every penny counts!