Porsche pulls into Lyme during challenge to visit every lifeboat station

James and Belinda Richardson pictured with members of Lyme Regis lifeboat crew

A COUPLE who are driving their Porsche 911 to every one of the RNLI’s 238 lifeboat stations made Lyme Regis their 208th destination on Wednesday.

Retired builder James Richardson and his interior designer wife Belinda started their marathon trip in London in August and are due to complete the clockwise journey around the whole of the British Isles and Ireland when they reach the Tower lifeboat station on the River Thames at the end of this month.

They are aiming to raise more than £56,000 for the RNLI charity, which is £238 per lifeboat station.

James and Belinda met members of the volunteer Lyme Regis crew when they arrived in their brand new Porsche.

James said: “We decided to do our RNLI-911 Challenge in retirement because over the years we have been incredibly impressed by the RNLI’s dedication and selfless actions.It has been an incredible journey and we have met some amazing people.”

James and Belinda received a letter from the private secretary to the Duke of Kent, Nicholas Marden, in which he said: “In his 50 years as president of the RNLI, the Duke of Kent has sought to visit every lifeboat station, but there are still a handful he has yet to get to. It looks as though you will beat him to it.”

Details of the Richardsons trip can be found at www.rnli-911challenge.co.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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