Lytham St Annes RNLI crew's head-start for month-long fund-raiser

Four members of the Lytham St Annes RNLI crew have wasted no time leading by example as they look for as many people as possible to back their new-look major fund-raising event.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 3:45 pm
Coxswain Tom Stuart, staff coxswain Andrew McHaffie, crew member John Chamley, coxswain/mechanic Martin Jaggs and Lytham town crier Colin Ballard signal the start of Lytham St Annes RNLI's 2020 Leg It Fun Run month

Covid restrictions mean that the Leg It For the Lifeboats run between Lytham and St Annes lifeboat stations is off this year but Fylde folk of all ages are being encouraged to take part at a time of their choosing any time in September.

The event traditionally raises several thousand pounds through sponsorship and coxswain/mechanic Tom Stuart and Martin Jaggs, staff coxswain Andrew McHaffie and crew member John Chamley were first up to take up the challenge shortly after 9am on Tuesday, September 1.

They were seen off on the 3.5 mile run by Lytham town crier Colin Ballard and Tom said: “Thanks in advance to all who plan to do the run, however and whenever you decide to do it, and for your support for the cause of saving lives at sea.

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“Hopefully we will be back to normal or as near as possible, for the 2021 run.”

Everyone is welcome to take part up to the end of this month – runners, walkers, toddlers, pram pushers, dog walkers, wheel chair and mobility scooter users, with fancy dress optional, and there is no need to register.

The RNLI just asked that participants take some photographs at the start and finish and share them at the Facebook @LythamStAnnesRnliPage and go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lythamstannesbranch