Aug 27


Byline: An RNLI fundraiser who is hoping to walk 1,500 miles and raise £20,000 for the lifeboat charity arrived at Newquay lifeboat station on Friday (23 August) as the local RNLI volunteers were responding to a mayday call from a sinking fishing boat.
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Carol Smithard from Fife arrived at Newquay Harbour at the same time as the RNLI volunteers were launching the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in response to the fishermen’s mayday call. Whilst three of the RNLI crew travelled eight miles offshore to assist the sinking fishing boat, Carol took a brief rest from her coastal trek and spoke to other volunteers at the lifeboat station. Once the lifeboat crew had confirmed the safety of the three fishermen and returned to harbour, Carol watched as the lifeboat was washed and refuelled, before she continued her walk en route to Padstow, having seen for herself the value of her support to the work of the RNLI volunteers.

Carol had left Land’s End five days earlier, on the latest leg of ‘Carol’s Wee Walk’, a Land’s End to John O’Groats RNLI fundraising trek with a difference. Before arriving in Cornwall, Carol had already spent a week walking the length of the Shetland Islands and by the time she completes her walk in December, Carol plans to have covered 1,500 miles, climbed the three highest peaks in the UK and visited 43 RNLI lifeboat stations before finishing on the Orkney Islands by Christmas.

She said: ‘The majority of the people involved with the RNLI are volunteers who give up their time on a regular basis to help others’. Knowing people who have been rescued by the charity and having friends who volunteer for the lifeboats was her motivation to take on this epic challenge.

Supporters can follow ‘Carol’s Wee Walk’ on her blog at and donations can be made at                         

Notes to editors
Attached photo: Carol with RNLI volunteers Matt King (on the left) and Tim Stokes on their return from call to sinking fishing boat.  Credit: RNLI/Newquay

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Andy Hobkinson, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station, on 07880 507464 or email or Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager south west, on 07786 668847 or email or the Duty RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336789.

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