Weymouth College staff member raised £1,100 for RNLI on Jurassic Coast walk

A Weymouth College staff member has raised more than £1,100 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with a sponsored walk to mark the charity’s 200th anniversary year.

Neil Carter, who works as security officer at the College’s Cranford Avenue campus, walked 33 miles of the Jurassic Coast on Saturday, starting at Lyme Regis lifeboat station and finishing at Weymouth’s.

He completed the challenge just under his target time of 12 hours and was greeted with cheers from supporters and champagne on the finish line.

Neil, who lives in Bridport and has a family history of relatives working at sea, took on the challenge to honour the brave volunteers of the RNLI, who have been saving lives at sea for 200 years.

He said: “The walk began at precisely 6.30am outside Lyme Regis lifeboat station following the coastal path to West Bay which included a brutal climb of Golden Cap. 

“I reached West Bay at 10.15am where I was met by my son Mark and my partner Annaliese brought me top up fluid supplies. Mark walked with me to Hive Beach where I then continued along the beach to Abbotsbury arriving at 1pm.

This is where I met Dan and Lyndsey Eccleston, who walked the remaining 17 miles with me. We arrived at Weymouth RNLI shop at 6.28pm, where we were met by a small crowd and an applause – very overwhelming.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have sponsored & supported me and in my eyes as they are the real heroes in this by raising £1167 to date, all I had to do is walk, so a massive thank you.”

You can still support Neil with a donation for the RNLI at https://www.justgiving.com/page/jurassicwalk2024


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