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New Quay RNLI welcomed intrepid fundraiser Beth Wickes

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 1 June Beth Wickes arrived at New Quay Lifeboat Station on her epic solo walking adventure. She is completing the whole of the British coastline while raising money for the RNLI, the Association of Lowland Search & Rescue, and Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

RNLI/Kate Williams

New Quay RNLI and locals welcoming Beth Wickes to the lifeboat station

Beth Wickes is attempting to walk the whole of the British coastline, over 6,000 miles within two years, visiting every RNLI lifeboat station on her way.

She began her journey last October at Tower Bridge lifeboat station in London and has completed 1,500 miles so far.

Beth said, “It is great walking the Welsh coastline with its fantastic scenery and great people. I am not half way into my journey yet but everyone is being so supportive and each leg is going well.

“Next I will be heading up the Ceredigion coast, going through Llanon and Aberystwyth, and then on to North Wales and the Llŷn Peninsula.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, who was there to greet her, said, “After another gruelling leg of our beautiful Welsh coastline Beth arrived on Saturday afternoon. She looked in great shape and we wish her well for the rest of her journey.”

Beth is aiming to raise £60,000 for the three charities. To donate, go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/elizabethwickes1 or https://www.gofundme.com/charity-coastal-walk-around-britain.

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For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at kate_williams@rnli.org.uk or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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