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Entry opens for 2016 RNLI Castle to Castle Swim

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI’s annual Castle to Castle swim from Falmouth to St Mawes returns on Sunday 12 June at 10am and entry is now open.

The mile long swim across the mouth of the River Fal is now in its eighth year and has raised thousands for the charity which has helped to provide an essential lifesaving service around our coast.

Participants will swim one mile from Pendennis Castle and finish at St Mawes Castle on the Roseland Peninsula. The swim is open to anyone over the age of 14, but due to the nature of the swim we advise that entrants should be intermediate or experienced open water swimmers and have previously swam at least one mile in open water.

Entry is £10 with a minimum sponsorship of £55. Registration opens at 7.30am and closes at 10am. The event is limited to 450 swimmers.
 
Ben Bowskill, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, says: ‘We are delighted to launch the 2016 swim and are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible to sign up to take part.

‘Thanks to all the support for this event over the past seven years, we have been able to raise a tremendous amount of money for the RNLI, which has gone directly to helping save lives at sea and around our coastline.

‘The event promises to be great fun with a fantastic atmosphere, so do come along and get involved.’

If swimming isn’t your thing, but you would like to help out at the event there are plenty of opportunities available. For more information email castle2castle@rnli.org.uk

Notes to editors
Attached is an image of the 2015 Castle to Castle swim

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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 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.

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