Now Harry,8, visits his 111th RNLI lifeboat station...Lyme Regis
An eight year old boy from land-locked Cheshire is nearly half way to achieving his ambition...to visit all 200-plus lifeboat stations in the UK.
Yesterday (Sat) he chalked up number 111 when he popped into Lyme Regis lifeboat station with his mum and dad.
So far Harry has raised in the region of £2,700 for the RNLI on his travels using justgiving. At the Lyme Regis station Harry and his parents Jane and Tim Mascall, from Wilmslow, were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks and several members of the crew.
He was presented with an RNLI banner, a photo of the Lyme Regis lifeboat signed by the crew, and a special crew shirt is on the way.
Harry said:"When we went on holiday to Northumberland I could see the lifeboat station and that was when I became interested."
Mum Jane added:"Harry is absolutely obsessed. We visit lifeboat stations during every school holiday. But the way we look at it is that we get to see some lovely places that otherwise we would not visit.
"Of course Harry wants to join a lifeboat crew when he is older, but I guess we will have to move house then."
Before Lyme Regis Harry visited Plymouth lifeboat station. And where next ? "Well, Harry is very keen to visit the stations on the Isle of Wight," said Mrs. Mascall.
The address for donations is: www.justgiving.com/harrymascall.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland