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Supporting RNLI Rye Harbour in vintage style

Lifeboats News Release

It is indeed fortunate for charitable institutions such as the RNLI, which depend solely and wholly on donations, that members of the public keep on coming up with ingenious schemes to raise money for them.

John Newson sits on his Vincent motorcycle with members of the Rye Harbout lifeboat crew in front of their Atlantic 85

RNLI/KT Bruce

John Newson and his Vincent Rapide at Rye Harbour lifeboat station

A prime example is John Newson, from Stone-in-Oxney, who is bringing together a private hobby and passion with a scheme for the public good. From the age of sixteen he has been fascinated by British vintage motorcycles, collecting and restoring them. He is the proud owner of three Vincent machines, amongst others, and on one of these he intends to set out in June from his home, travelling from John O'Groats to Land’s End and also taking in the most northerly, southerly, westerly and easterly points on the UK mainland. He will journey 2,500 miles in 12 days, bearing his own fuel and living costs and aiming to stay with fellow Vincent owners.

The goal of this whole enterprise is to raise much-needed money for the lifeboat station at Rye Harbour which serves everyone, locals and visitors, using the waters of Rye Bay with the aim of saving lives and rescuing those in distress.

'I've always dreamed of owning a Vincent,' explains John, 'and now I have three! I've been inspired by other epic motorcycle journeys, especially one by a chap in his sixties on a 1920’s Brough Superior who rode the circumference of the British Isles. I'm sixty this year and wanted to make my own journey but also do something important for someone other than me. Volunteer lifeboat crew are up against it every time they launch – that's why I wanted to help them.'

RNLI Media contacts

· Martin Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 martinthebruce@gmail.com

· Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

RNLI online: For more information on the RNLI please visit http://www.rnli.org/. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre.

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 237 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 180 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

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

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.

The Vincent motorcycle in the foreground and behind it Hello Herbie II, the Rye Harbour lifeboat

RNLI/KT Bruce

The Vincent motorcycle and Hello Herbie II at the lifeboat station

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.

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