Newhaven Lifeboat team raise funds for Macmillan

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A TEAM consisting of crew, family and friends on the Newhaven Lifeboat are embarking on two difficult challenges to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support on this occasion.

One of the Newhaven Lifeboat crew, Gavin Butcher, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Gavin has asked for all funds raised to go to Macmillan Cancer Support who are providing exceptional support for him and his family.

The first event was a sponsored cycle ride along the complete length South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne from July 13-14.

The next event is a 17 mile off road walk along a stretch of the South Downs Way from Ditchling Beacon This will take place one week later on Saturday July 21.

Alan Novis who is crew and the Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: “Gavin is not only a very close friend to us all, he has been an integral part of the crew for over five years and is one of the boats mechanics.

“We wanted to do something specific for him to show our support, this is in addition to our normal RNLI fundraising activities.

“We would also like to thank Mr Cycles in Seaford who has serviced our bikes for free and donated a number of spares.”

If anyone would like to donate to the team go to the web link shown below:

http://www.justgiving.com/teams/Butchers