Two of the Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team, Andy Mills and Ian Lockyer took part in the RNLI’s annual Winter fundraiser, the Reindeer run on Sunday 13th December. The pair together with Andy’s son, Ben and Thanet Roadrunners Jacquie Brazil, Ellis Johns and Eloise Kingett ran a 9-mile coastal route from Ramsgate RNLI station to Margate RNLI station taking in the customary hills and a strong wind which was fortunately behind the team for most of the distance.
The team who wore the obligatory antlers left Ramsgate station at 11.00am. They were given a fabulous send off from Eric Burton (Ramsgate Lifeboat Station Chairman), Sarah Hewes (RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Fundraising), Ray Noble (Ramsgate Lifeboat Fundraising) and John Litchfield (Kent Police PCSO – Ramsgate Harbour) despite the windy and wet conditions.
En route, they were met by their colleague on the Thanet Community Safety Team, John Homer and his wife Joan, who despite being blown away by the wind, gave the team plenty of encouragement.
Ian Lockyer, RNLI Community Safety Adviser said, “I wanted to take the team completely around the coast to highlight some of the challenges that the RNLI has to tackle including the numerous call-outs for cut-offs. By just being a little more prepared and taking into consideration the tide times walkers can avoid the embarrassment of getting the volunteer crews out”.
He added, “It was also important to show support to the volunteer boat crew that will be on call all through the Christmas period with the possibility of Christmas lunch being interrupted”.
“Lastly thanks to the team that ran this year and everyone who sponsored us….very much appreciated. Looking forward to doing this again in 2021, hopefully with a larger group”.
The Thanet RNLI community team has been unable to get out as much as we would have dearly wanted to this year because of COVID restriction. We know that the Thanet community appreciate our proactive initiatives in passing on safety advice to boat owners, coastal walkers, fishermen and others that use the coast around the Isle.
One of the things we are going to do this year, with full social distancing, is support the RNLI with its Christmas fundraising initiative…..the RNLI Reindeer Run.
Two of the team, Andy Mills and Ian Lockyer, will be running a coastal route from Ramsgate RNLI station to Margate RNLI station which is approximately 10 miles. Wearing the obligatory antlers, they will be leaving the Ramsgate station at 11.00am on Sunday, 13th December.
Andy Mills, RNLI Community Safety Officer said, ‘We think it is an excellent way to raise awareness of the good work that the volunteers around our stations do and also raise funds for the RNLI. Volunteer crews at the charity’s 238 lifeboat stations will hope to sit down to enjoy Christmas dinner this year, some always have their festive celebrations cut short as their pagers sound and they leave friends and family and head out to sea.’
Ian Lockyer, RNLI Community Safety Adviser said, ‘Most of my friends would say this is a doddle for me but I would have run a marathon 24 hours before…so it will hurt.’
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