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Barry Dock Lifeboat volunteers take on 400 mile walking challenge

 

Four women are taking on a 400 mile walk to raise money for a charity that saves lives at sea. 

Volunteers Rosie, Margaret, Avril and Lis’ charity, Barry Dock RNLI, has been unable to run its usual fundraising activities for twelve months because of Covid-19. 

It ended up with a huge shortfall for the charity and so far 2021 is looking the same. 

Now Rosie, Margaret, Avril and Lis are embarking on a South Wales walking challenge in support of the charity, which is staffed by volunteer lifeboat crews.

“We wanted to do something that would raise some funds for Barry Dock Lifeboat,” Margaret McMillan told Bro Radio’s Vale Breakfast. 

“A group of four of us decided we could challenge ourselves to walk every day for the whole month of May and see how far we can walk.

“The four of us have got different abilities for walking, so we’ve decided how many we think we can each walk.”

The four women are just below half-way to raising their £2000 target. 

Together they will walk a total of just over 400 miles, which if they were walking around the coast from lifeboat station to lifeboat station, would take them as far as Aberystwyth. 

The walk is part of the Mayday Mile, a month-long RNLI fundraiser taking place across the UK. Supporters cover at least one mile in any way they choose, raising vital funds to keep people safe on our coastline. 

People walking around Wales’ shoreline have been warned of the dangers after lifeboat crews last year saved 70% more people than before Covid. 

The RNLI – which has 30 stations around the Welsh coast between Penarth and Flint – saved the lives of 24 people between June and August 2020, compared with 14 the year before. 

“The money is always very important,” said Ms McMillan. 

“We are very fortunately that people do make donations to Barry Dock Lifeboat. But it helps us keep our lifeboat station going in Barry and it helps our volunteer crews to save lives at sea.” 

The RNLI get no funding from government and depend on voluntary contributions. 

You can find out more about the challenge and support Barry Dock RNLI here: 

https://themaydaymile.rnli.org/fundraising/barry-dock-lifeboat-smiley-milers

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