Little Harriet helps swell coffers of town RNLI after cancellation of its main fundraiser

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Harriet Brown at the finish line of her RNLI fundraising run

A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl is among those putting their best feet forward to help plug a gap in Lymington RNLI’s income left by the cancellation of a major fundraising event.

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Last Sunday the station was due to have held its 19th annual 10K and children’s runs, but this was axed due to ongoing social distancing regulations brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Harriet on her run

In response to the loss of its biggest fundraiser, several volunteers, as well as relatives and friends, decided to press on with their own separate sponsored runs.

Among these was Harriet Brown (2), whose mother Suzanne is voluntary press officer for Lymington RNLI. Having been due to run 1K in the event, the youngster completed this in 15 minutes last Sunday in a socially-distanced route from the family home in Brockenhurst to the village centre.

Harriet’s efforts alone have so far raised up to £700, with further sponsorship still being collected.

Praising her daughter’s achievement, Suzanne told the A&T: “I’m very proud of her.

“It was her first fun run and I’m very pleased that it was for the station that I volunteer for at Lymington RNLI.”

Simon Nuding, a helmsman based at the town’s station, was another who stepped into the breach by completing his 25K run on Saturday. This covered the same route as the planned event, including sections of the sea wall at Lymington.

Simon Nuding’s run covered the planned route, including parts of the sea wall

An online fundraising page set up with the target of collecting £2,500 in lieu of the cancelled event had gathered £2,600 from 120 contributors by Tuesday morning. Donations can be made by visiting justgiving.com/team/RNLILymington

A Lymington RNLI spokesperson said: “It is fantastic that some of the crew and volunteers are fundraising to help support the station and the RNLI to ensure we continue to deliver the lifesaving service. The crew have remained on call 24/7 throughout this difficult time.”

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