TWO difficult challenges helped Newhaven Lifeboat crew, family and friends raise an amazing £7,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support in tribute to a terminally ill crew member.
Gavin Butcher, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, asked for all funds raised to go to Macmillan Cancer Support, which is providing exceptional help to him and his family at this very difficult time.
He presented a cheque to his Macmillan nurse Eileen Baldock at the Newhaven lifeboat station on Saturday August 4, with all the crew and families who took part in the fund raising.
The first event was a 100 mile off road sponsored cycle ride along the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne, which was completed in heavy rain and strong winds on July 13 and 14.
Lee Blacknell, second coxswain, said: “The ride could not have been much tougher, the mud was like riding through treacle, but we completed on schedule albeit after spending more hours in the saddle than was planned. It was an amazing team effort.”
The second event was a 17 mile off road walk along a stretch of the South Downs Way from Ditchling Beacon to Firle Beacon on July 21.
A team of about 16 walkers completed this challenging walk in under seven hours.
Nick Gentry, navigator and training officer, said: “There were 16 walkers of mixed ability who showed superb spirit and completed the walk in a great time.”
Alan Novis, navigator crew and the volunteer lifeboat press officer, said: “With both events the volunteer support teams who kept walkers and bikers fuelled and hydrated played an important role in our success.
“From all involved, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated or given their time.”
“As well as the amazing amount of money we have raised for Macmillan, the crew, family and friends had an additional collection, raising £2,000, which was presented to Gavin and his family so they can treat themselves.
“Mike Tubbs the lifeboat’s Honourable Secretary presented a photo book of Gavin’s time on the lifeboat. The whole presentation was a very emotional event for Gavin and everyone involved.” To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/teams/Butchers