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July 20, 2020

The crew of MV Alfred and Pentland Ferries’ shore staff have walked, run, cycled and rowed their way some 4000 miles, going above and beyond the challenge of visiting every RNLI station around the British coastline and raising the targeted £4000 to buy new kit for Longhope lifeboat.

Director of Pentland Ferries, Kathryn Scollie, said: “We are absolutely delighted with what our team has achieved in such a short space of time and are so grateful for all the generous donations that have been made – particularly so in these difficult times.

“With normal fundraising activity suspended, we decided to find an alternative way to raise funds and, at the same time, bring our team together for a collective challenge. Initially, we felt that covering the 2486 miles around the UK coastline would be a huge achievement, but when we got started, the enthusiasm was such that we extended the distance twice – first taking in Ireland, then taking a less direct route up the west coast of Scotland.

“Our virtual tour started off from St Margaret’s Hope on 20 May, headed south down Scotland’s east coast, and arrived back again on Friday 3 July. When we realised that the miles were still coming in, and we hadn’t quite hit our fundraising target, we decided to keep on going the extra miles to reach 4000.

“We are so delighted that those extra miles mean we have hit the £4000 sum required to purchase essential crew kit for RNLI Longhope. We want to sincerely thank everyone that has donated and participated in the Challenge.”

Andy Fellows at Longhope Station said: “Pentland Ferries and their team have stepped up, literally, at a time when most of our fundraising activities have been cancelled or postponed. RNLI Longhope would like to sincerely thank all those that have taken part and all those that have donated in the Station to Station Challenge. The kit that this will fund is essential to our volunteer crew in their day to day commitment to saving lives at sea.”

You can still support the RNLI through the Station to Station challenge by donating through JustGiving.

Members of the Challenge team in the crew gym on board MV Alfred