RNLI fundraiser visits 170 lifeboat stations in motorcycle tour

Matt Hawkes has come up with a novel way of raising money for the RNLI – visiting all of the lifeboat stations on the British mainland coast

A motorcycling RNLI fundraiser has completed his round-Britain challenge, to visit all 170 lifeboat stations on the UK mainland coast.

After 34 days and 4,500 miles, yesterday (8 July) saw Matt Hawkes complete his Circa Nautica project, which hopes to raise money for the lifeboat charity.

Setting off from Fakenham, Norfolk on 5 June, Matt took on the epic journey astride his Triumph Rocket III Touring motorbike, which was painted orange and blue to match the colours of a lifeboat.

The 43-year-old bus driver told the Eastern Press: “I hope this journey will make a real difference to the RNLI. It’s a huge charity, which stretches right around the coast, providing a service that saves lives.”

Highlights from his trip included witnessing a callout at RNLI Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, and enjoying the sunset at Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight.

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In Oban, Matt met up with fellow RNLI fundraisers WUKSART who, as we previously reported, were embarking on a round-Britain challenge of their own in a RIB.

At the time of writing, Circa Nautica had raised a total of £210. For more information and to donate, visit his Virgin Money Giving page.