Daniel goes that extra mile for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

When 14 year-old Daniel Williams of Newquay was asked what charity he wanted to support for the volunteering element of his Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, he lost no time in nominating the RNLI.

Daniel and Simon William with Barmouth volunteers

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Daniel and Simon Williams arrive at Barmouth

Daniel’s father, Simon, had been helm of Newquay’s Inshore Lifeboat and a crew member for many years, so the RNLI was a natural choice for him. He and his dad had holidayed in Barmouth and felt there was no better way to support his favourite charity than to do a sponsored bike-ride down the Mawddach trail from Dolgellau to Barmouth and back, enjoying one of Wales’ most beautiful estuaries.

When Daniel and Simon arrived in Barmouth during the busy annual Dog Show event on Sunday 2 July, they were welcomed by RNLI Mechanic Daryl James and Coxswain Peter Davies who said:

It’s great to see youngsters like Daniel taking part in this leading youth achievement award while supporting the RNLI at the same time. It is young people like Daniel who are keen to get involved and learn new skills that the RNLI want to encourage.

Daniel has already raised over £200 for the RNLI and hopes to increase this to £300.

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.

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