Lifeboat group chosen as Tour de Yorkshire charity

Published: Thursday 14th January 2016 by The News Editor

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The spring’s second Tour de Yorkshire will raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), it has been announced.

This year the April 29-May 1 bike race has special significance for East Riding people as it begins in Beverley.

The lifeboat group has been chosen as the event’s official charity. Volunteers at its nine Yorkshire-based lifeboat stations, including Humber Station, helped to save 275 people over 2014.

It means that amateur riders participating in the Sunday’s Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride can choose to raise cash for the Institution when they sign in.

Community fundraising and lifesaving director for the RNLI, Leesa Harwood says: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire.

“The event takes place over the same weekend as the RNLI’s national fundraising campaign, Mayday, and will enable us to raise vital funds to save lives at sea.”

Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive, explained why his group chose the RNLI.

He said: “The RNLI provides life-saving services across Yorkshire and the UK and we know that many race spectators will have come across their work or may even be RNLI volunteers themselves.”

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Published: Thursday 14th January 2016 by The News Editor

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