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Can you help lifeboat crew raise top cash?

PUBLISHED: 15:10 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 23 August 2010

l-r shows Jason Carroll, Derek Davis (police officer), and Jordan Hill, full time helmsman.

l-r shows Jason Carroll, Derek Davis (police officer), and Jordan Hill, full time helmsman.

A TEAM of lifesavers are hoping to raise £1,000 to support them in their quest to save lives at sea. Eleven members of the Gravesend RNLI crew have pledged to raise the money by taking part in the Great South Run this month. The group are no strangers t

A TEAM of lifesavers are hoping to raise £1,000 to support them in their quest to save lives at sea.

Eleven members of the Gravesend RNLI crew have pledged to raise the money by taking part in the Great South Run this month.

The group are no strangers to intensive training, being prepared for all eventualities in dangerous conditions at sea.

But between now and Sunday, October 26, they will be involved in a different training schedule as they prepare for the 10 mile run.

Jason Carroll, 33, helmsman of the Gravesend RNLI lifeboat, came up with the idea to create "Team Gravesend" and members are currently looking for sponsors.

He said: "I saw that the RNLI had places in this event and as it is a popular run I decided to put the word out among fellow crew members about getting a team together.

"The response was really positive, and of all those interested we now have this group of 11 who are fully signed up and ready to run for the RNLI. The RNLI relies on voluntary contributions and is always doing some form of fundraising.

"However, as lifeboat crew members, I thought we should probably practice what we preach, hence we're doing the Great South Run to raise funds ourselves."

The team comprises a spectrum of ages and livelihoods, ranging from a farmer through to a firefighter. Lifeboat station manager, Ian Dunkley, 54, has also pledged to complete the run.

One RNLI volunteer crew member can be trained for £1,000 a year.

Mr Carroll added: "We really hope people will help out by sponsoring us to do the run. No matter how small or large, every penny will go towards the cost of training the RNLI's lifeboat crew in navigation, sea survival, first aid and communications, which all contribute to saving lives at sea."

The charity saves lives at sea, providing a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK, operating 230 lifeboat stations. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives

To sponsor them visit www.just

giving.com/Gravesendlifeboatstation crewrunGreatSouthRun.

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