RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew swap sea for shore in charity motorcycle run
Lifeboat station volunteers rode their motorbikes in the Wirral Egg Run tribute ride-out on Sunday 18 March to help raise funds for the event causes.
Six RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew members took to the tarmac in New Brighton at 11am joining thousands of bikers riding through Wirral towns and villages to raise funds for three local charities.
Claire House Children’s Hospice, North West Air Ambulance, and Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes all benefit from funds collected by the riders from hundreds of well-wishers along the 20-mile route.
RNLI New Brighton lifeboat volunteer Jay Hennessy said: “I’m so proud of how our station gets involved with other local charities. The amount of community engagement we have is fantastic – we’ve formed such close bonds with Claire House through our fundraising involvement with Pirates for Ellie.
“It’s tremendous that we not only give a lot of time to the station with shouts and training but that we also do so much for community causes throughout the year.”
As well as cash, Easter eggs donated by the public for underprivileged local children were collected during the New Brighton-to-Clatterbridge ride-out, despite the bitterly cold conditions.
“This was a great effort by all who came along,” said RNLI New Brighton crew member Mark Greensmith. “Although numbers were down on previous years due to the weather, it was a good ride with loads of spectators and it was great seeing all the children waving to us as we went past them. It was freezing but they stood and cheered us on.”
The bikers rode through Wallasey, Moreton, Hoylake, West Kirby, Thurstaston, Heswall, Thornton Hough and Clatterbridge during the day.
This event runs as a tribute to the original Wirral Egg Run that was cancelled in 2013.
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 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.