As at 15th July 2013 the total raised by the Sponsored Walk is £3553.80. Fantastic!!
The Annual Selsey RNLI Sponsored Walk took place on Sunday 5th May 2013 in some of the most glorious weather of the year so far. It certainly made a change from the rain experienced last year.
Registration took place at the Inshore Boat House from 08:00 where the administration team were kept busy from the start. Early birds were some of the fitter and more athletic participants, eager to get an early start on the slightly shorter than normal route before it became too warm as they ran the 8 mile circuit. Good thing there are no hills in Selsey, and well done to the runners.
The registration team had a constant stream of walkers until registration closed at 10:00, by which time the early starters were making their way back to the Boat House. In total there were just under 120 walkers making the most of the sunshine and no wind, in-between the drifting fog banks, and everyone worked up a good appetite before their lunch. We had walkers of all ages, from babes in arms, in their baby carry packs, to some more senior citizens, with a wide variety of dogs tagging along, All the dogs seemed to appreciate their treat on completion; it’s amazing what a dog will do for a Bonio.
The last walkers to finish, who deserve a special mention, were Minnie and Mickey Mouse, AKA Ottille and Breeze, who completed the route in fancy dress. It is believed that they walked a little further than most after a minor detour into a muddy ditch! Well done to you both.
Over £4000 has been pledged which will to go towards the funding of the replacement Boat House and the new Shannon Class lifeboat, due at Selsey Lifeboat Station in late 2014.
Of particular note, Debbie Blackley, who works at HSBC Bank in East Wittering, raised £600 and, together with HSBC pledging £500, a massive £1100 has been raised!
The event organiser, Shaun Elphick, and the Fundraising team would like to thank all participants for their continued support and look forward to seeing you all again next year. This will hopefully take place on the more traditional route subject to completion of the Medmerry Realignment Works.
(Article written by Shaun Elphick, Deputy LPO)