Published on June 19th, 2018 | by West Mersea RNLI

Schoolboy kayaks to help West Mersea Lifeboat

Schoolboy kayaks to help West Mersea Lifeboat – RNLI

8 year old schoolboy, Ryan Bloyce, got in a kayak and paddled for 5 miles to raise £333 for the RNLI.

Photo by West Mersea RNLI: Ryan Bloyce onboard the West Mersea Lifeboat, Just George, with his ‘do your bit: fund our kit’ folder, and two volunteer crewmembers.

Encouraged by the RNLI slogan “Do your bit: fund our kit”, 8 year old Ryan Bloyce from West Mersea had an idea that he could ‘do his bit’ for the RNLI by going kayaking.

Ryan’s mum, Charlotte Bloyce said,  “Ryan wanted to do something to help with the Mayday campaign”. The RNLI Mayday campaign is an annual fundraiser running throughout the month of May, encouraging people to get involved and help fund the vital kit that keeps volunteer lifeboat crews safe.

Ryan, who attends Mersea Island Primary School, kayaked for 5 long miles and raised a fantastic £333 in sponsorship money.  He visited his local lifeboat station at West Mersea after cubs one evening to meet the crew and present his donation. The West Mersea Lifeboat crewmembers were thrilled to meet him and said, “we look forward to Ryan joining the crew when he is old enough.”  

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 142,200 lives.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)

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