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Byline: Lifeboat crew from Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station in London are preparing for a gruelling triathlon with a difference, to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
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A team of ten people are training hard in preparation for the “Tower 2 Tour” event, which will see them run from central London to Dover, swim across the English Channel, and cycle from Calais to Paris.

The event name reflects the fact many participants are volunteer or paid crew members from Tower RNLI lifeboat station on the River Thames – the start point – who will finish their journey at the landmark la Tour Eiffel; hence Tower to Tour.

The group has secured sponsorship from various companies and corporations, and are also appealing to family and friends for individual sponsorship. The aim is to raise more than £13,000 for the RNLI charity, whose mission is to end the preventable loss of life around our coastline and in London. This money will be used to train the new crew members of Tower Lifeboat. It costs £1,300 per crewman to do this and they have at least ten to train in the next year so they aim to gain sponsorship of £13,000 for the triathlon event.

Toni Scarr works for the Environment Agency but gives up her time for free to volunteer as a lifeboat crew member at Tower RNLI. She was the driving force behind the idea and explained what prompted such a gruelling undertaking: ‘Being on the lifeboat I get to see first-hand, up close and personal, what lifeboats are all about. It’s hard to put into words that feeling of helping others, and when you’ve been involved in some real near misses with regards to people’s lives, it drives home how important fundraising is for the RNLI. That’s why a group of us decided to do this.

‘Not only do we want to raise money, but we also want to increase awareness in the work of the lifeboats in London. It costs £1,300 to train new crew members and if we raise enough money to train ten new members, which is our goal, just think how many lives those people can save.’

Altogether the group will take it in turns to:

• Run more than 80 miles from the lifeboat station to the seafront at Dover
• Swim the approximately 22 mile distance across the English Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and
• Cycle almost 200 miles from Calais in France down to Paris, ending at the Tour Eiffel.

Already the sports company Aqua Sphere UK have pledged support for the Tower 2 Tour by providing wetsuits, goggles and caps for the whole team, while The Event and Exhibition Partnership Limited have also promised the use of vehicles to support the team during the event.

Toni continued: ‘Training for this event has been undeniably tough and the team has really appreciated the donation of Aqua Sphere’s wetsuits and goggles which have really supported this challenge. The temperature and nature of swimming the Channel means that we need good quality, comfortable kit and Aqua Sphere’s knowledge of the challenge of open water swimming means we are assured we have quality performance on our side, which will be a crucial component to us completing achieving our challenge.’

The Tower to Tour event has a website where people can find out more and sponsor the group – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=T2T&isTeam=true

Twitter: @Tower2Tour
Facebook: Tower2Tour

RNLI media contacts
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: Lifeboat crew from Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station in London are preparing for a gruelling triathlon with a difference, to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Page Content:

A team of ten people are training hard in preparation for the “Tower 2 Tour” event, which will see them run from central London to Dover, swim across the English Channel, and cycle from Calais to Paris.

The event name reflects the fact many participants are volunteer or paid crew members from Tower RNLI lifeboat station on the River Thames – the start point – who will finish their journey at the landmark la Tour Eiffel; hence Tower to Tour.

The group has secured sponsorship from various companies and corporations, and are also appealing to family and friends for individual sponsorship. The aim is to raise more than £13,000 for the RNLI charity, whose mission is to end the preventable loss of life around our coastline and in London. This money will be used to train the new crew members of Tower Lifeboat. It costs £1,300 per crewman to do this and they have at least ten to train in the next year so they aim to gain sponsorship of £13,000 for the triathlon event.

Toni Scarr works for the Environment Agency but gives up her time for free to volunteer as a lifeboat crew member at Tower RNLI. She was the driving force behind the idea and explained what prompted such a gruelling undertaking: ‘Being on the lifeboat I get to see first-hand, up close and personal, what lifeboats are all about. It’s hard to put into words that feeling of helping others, and when you’ve been involved in some real near misses with regards to people’s lives, it drives home how important fundraising is for the RNLI. That’s why a group of us decided to do this.

‘Not only do we want to raise money, but we also want to increase awareness in the work of the lifeboats in London. It costs £1,300 to train new crew members and if we raise enough money to train ten new members, which is our goal, just think how many lives those people can save.’

Altogether the group will take it in turns to:

• Run more than 80 miles from the lifeboat station to the seafront at Dover
• Swim the approximately 22 mile distance across the English Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and
• Cycle almost 200 miles from Calais in France down to Paris, ending at the Tour Eiffel.

Already the sports company Aqua Sphere UK have pledged support for the Tower 2 Tour by providing wetsuits, goggles and caps for the whole team, while The Event and Exhibition Partnership Limited have also promised the use of vehicles to support the team during the event.

Toni continued: ‘Training for this event has been undeniably tough and the team has really appreciated the donation of Aqua Sphere’s wetsuits and goggles which have really supported this challenge. The temperature and nature of swimming the Channel means that we need good quality, comfortable kit and Aqua Sphere’s knowledge of the challenge of open water swimming means we are assured we have quality performance on our side, which will be a crucial component to us completing achieving our challenge.’

The Tower to Tour event has a website where people can find out more and sponsor the group - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=T2T&isTeam=true

Twitter: @Tower2Tour
Facebook: Tower2Tour

RNLI media contacts
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

This article was written by Tim Ash