Volunteers take virtual reindeer run fun in their stride to raise funds for Exmouth RNLI

Reindeer run fun raised much-needed funds for Exmouth RNLI thanks to a pair of volunteers.

Exmouth RNLI lifeboat crew Dougie Wright and Des White, tour guide and chairman of the branch’s fundraising committee, took part in the RNLI Virtual Reindeer Run 2020.

The pair joined scores of runners across the UK in a virtual event, choosing their own routes locally to raise funds for the RNLI.

Dougie, who ran 26.2 miles, from the Exmouth Lifeboat Station, along the River Exe cycle path, down the western side of the river and back – completing the task in three hours and 49 minutes – said: “It was a tough challenge, I had little time to prepare but it was certainly worth the pain raising some much-needed money for the charity.”

He added: “I’m grateful for the help and encouragement of RNLI colleague, Rory Carrig, who cycled the entire route with me and kept me energised and hydrated – I couldn’t have done it without him.

“I’d also like to give a huge thank you to those who have donated, I am really grateful.”

Des, who raised more than £500 for Exmouth RNLI completing the 2019 London Marathon virtual run, completed a 10km route along Exmouth seafront.

He said: “I was pleased to take part in this year’s virtual event and especially grateful for my sponsors.

“As Team Exmouth, myself and Dougie have raised £940 so far and we are currently 4th on the RNLI National Reindeer Leaderboard and just short of 3rd place.

“Thanks to all who donated so generously.”

There is still time to sponsor the runners’ efforts.

See here to sponsor Dougie and here for Des.

  • Exmouth RNLI has cancelled its 2020 annual general meeting amid safety fears prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.The sea safety charity said it will reschedule its AGM and reorganise a date ‘when it is safe to do so’.

    Simon Davidson, chairman of the Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Management Group, said: “It’s been a difficult year for all of us and cancelling our 2020 annual general meeting is just another, albeit necessary, restriction on our charity’s operation.

    “We are all looking forward to getting back to normal as soon as we are able next year.”

    He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Exmouth RNLI crew, shop staff, visits guides, fundraisers, other volunteers and our many loyal and generous supporters a very Happy Christmas and a safe, healthy and peaceful 2021.”

    Details of a future date and location for Exmouth RNLI’s Annual General Meeting will be announced.

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