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‘Castle to Castle’ swimmers help raise money for RNLI life

Around 230 swimmers including Television star Steve McFadden led raced across the River Fal on Sunday (6th June) to raising over £10,000 in support of the RNLI’s South West Lifeguard Appeal. Entrants were sent on their way by former Olympic swimmer, Sharron Davies and Laurence Reed from BBC Radio Cornwall.

Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell in the BBC’s EastEnders) said after finishing the swim:

‘It was tough, definitely harder than last year. I pushed it a bit too early and it was very choppy for the whole swim. The sense of achievement when you finish is amazing and I feel great. The RNLI is the most fantastic charity in the world, there’s nothing else like it. I thank all the lifeboat crew and lifeguards for what they do.’

The Castle-to-Castle swim began at Pendennis Point, Falmouth and ended on the St Mawes side of the river. The first man home on the one mile swim was John Parker (Cleveland, Bristol) in a time of 27 minutes and the first female back was 15 year old Nicky Russell (Truro, Cornwall).

Safety cover for the event was provided by the RNLI lifeguard team and the volunteer crews of the Falmouth all weather and inshore lifeboats.

Source: RNLI website – news releases

Restored lifeboat completes rowing challenge

Charity group members have rowed a restored 99-year-old lifeboat 60 miles along the North East coast to raise funds for the RNLI. The Ales Angles charity group are all regulars at the Blue Bell pub in York and have been fundraising for charity since 1999.

The group completed the four-day challenge to row The William Riley from South Shields to Whitby on Sunday afternoon. They were joined by RNLI crew members from Tynemouth, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Staithes and Runswick.

The William Riley served in Whitby until 1931 and played a major role in the SS Rohilla rescue in 1914, when she had to be hauled overland and lowered 200ft down a cliff to be launched. Of the 229 people on board the stricken hospital ship, 145 were saved. The boat was restored by the Whitby Historic Trust.