Day of events at Rye The Rye Harbour


Events day raised over £3000 in the charity’s biggest ever fund-raising day. The big event started on Friday 29 January at midday when the crew set off on a 24 hour marathon Tandem Ride, which resulted in £2758 being pledged in sponsorship and the total mileage raffle raised £80. The Welly Walk and the Soup Or Sandwiches event raised £100 with another £50 being pledged as sponsorship for Maddie Wright who took part in the walk. The riders made 72 trips from the Lifeboat station to the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House during the 24 hour period, covering a total of 287 miles. Pauline Ballard who acted as the official timekeeper for the event covered 2016 steps just getting up and down the stairs from and to the crew room. The cost of food for the riders for the 24 hour period was donated by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. Steve Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat

The successful Tandem Relay Team - Sponsored for £2758

Management Group Chairman for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘this result is absolutely phenomenal. Respect to all the volunteer riders, who experienced sub zero temperatures – some even got the short straw, having to ride through rain, sleet and snow during the 24 hour period. without their dedication, this event would not have been a success. Special thanks to Pauline Ballard (time keeper for the entire 24 hour event), Betty Broocks, Cassey Simpson Ford and Bev Gudgion (food and refreshments for the riders) and Jakki Mellor-Ellis (Welly Walk & soup or sandwich event helper) Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘I would like to thank the following businesses: Rye Harbour Stores, Rye Hire, J&F Fruiters, Rye Leisure Centre (Freedom), Jamie Wickens Family Butchers and also all the employers who gave their staff the time off to take part.

Don’t Be A Stick-in-the-Mud!

Shout – Person stuck in the mud at Rye Harbour Entrance Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, B727 ‘Commander and Mrs Rodney Wells’ launched on service at 8pm to a person stuck in mud at Rye Harbour entrance. The alarm was raised by the person stuck in the mud, when they phoned Dover Coastguard on their mobile telephone. RNLI Lifeboat B727 arrived on scene three minutes later at 8.03pm to find that the man had got himself out of the mud and up onto the wall of the River Rother at the Red Light which is at the entrance to Rye Harbour. The person, who had been shrimping, was persuaded to go with the police to the top of the beach where an ambulance was waiting. The Fire Brigade mud rescue team were mobilised at the request of the Operation Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, but were later stood down when the person was found on the wall of the river.

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat returned to station at 9.05pm. Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: “time was of the essence as the casualty was reported as being stuck in the mud at the entrance to the harbour; and the tide was coming in. When you go to the seaside, it is important to carry some form of communication device, in this instance it was a mobile phone. You should also let someone else know where you are going and when you are going to return.”

Rye’s Own April 2010

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