News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 26/06/2009

Rye Harbour 011 2009


Great Grandmother, Penny, undertakes 200 mile coastal walk to raise funds for the RNLI

Whilst on a world cruise aboard the 'Black Watch', Penny Pennison-Camus attended a lecture about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and was so deeply moved by the work carried out by the RNLI and the thousands of people saved each year; she decided to undertake a 200 mile sponsored walk to raise money for the RNLI. Penny paid a visit to Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station today (26 June) at 7 pm. Penny, a Great Grandmother, set off from Whitstable on her fundraising adventure on the 15 June and will be finishing at Lymington on the 15 July.

Penny, whilst at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'I was so deeply moved by the fact that so many people are rescued by the RNLI each year and yet receive no funding from the Government, having to rely entirely on donations. Although being a Great Grandmother, I enjoy very good health and love walking. I felt that I wanted to raise some funds and thought that walking would be a good way of raising funds for the RNLI. If anyone would like to sponsor me on my journey, they can make a donation at’

Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'It's amazing that people, Like Penny, undertake adventures to raise money for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24 hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, rescuing on average 21 people every day from the water, in situations which are often difficult and sometimes dangerous. The RNLI is independent from Government, relying on donations for its income'.

Notes to editors

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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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 137,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland