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Striding out for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Freelance photographer and charity fundraiser Ken Scott called into Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Sunday 09 July as part of his walk of the UK coast to raise money for the RNLI and Parkinson's UK.

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Ken Scott with volunteer crew member Helen Iles.

Ken left his home in West Sussex in February 2017 and has so far raised £1,888.75 which will be split between the two charities.

His decision to support Parkinson's UK is in memory of his father-in-law Harold who died in 2015 after a long and sad decline with Parkinson's disease. Given that his fundraiser would involve walking past many lifeboat stations he decided to raise money for the RNLI too, because he says: ‘The RNLI does magnificent work at sea for our maritime nation, saving lives without discrimination.’

Ken was met for the walk over Barmouth Bridge by Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew member Helen Iles who then showed him around the lifeboat station and the type of equipment his fundraising will fund.

You can make a donation towards Ken's walk at and read of his progress on his fascinating blog Coast 17 at

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.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland