Friends of man lost at sea gearing up for 530-mile cycle ride in support of RNLI

Friends of a man who died after entering the water off Wirral two years ago are cycling the entire coast of Wales and on to New Brighton to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Haydn Griffiths, an athletic 23-year-old who had extensive knowledge of the water, tragically died in July 2022 while swimming near Hoylake on a first date.

Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews from Hoylake and New Brighton searched for Haydn, but sadly his body was recovered five days later.

Since this tragedy, Haydn’s family and friends have been raising funds for the RNLI in his memory as well as awareness of the charity’s lifesaving water safety advice.

Now, four friends who he knew through sailing are gearing up to take on a 530-mile cycling challenge taking in the coast of Wales on the anniversary of the search for Haydn.

The ride starts in Chepstow on Saturday, 13 July, riding from south to north finishing at New Brighton on Friday, 19 July – a route which includes more than 8,000 metres of ascent, equivalent to climbing Mount Everest.

The group has set a target of raising £5000 for the RNLI as a thank you for everything they did in the search for Haydn and everything they have done over the last 200 years and into the future of saving lives at sea.

One of the friends taking part in the challenge, Sarah Jarman said, “I am super excited about this challenge. The RNLI is a fabulous cause that I think really embraces Haydn’s interests.

“By taking this on together, I hope that we will be able to celebrate Haydn’s life and spirit and mark his tragic loss in a positive way that I hope he would be proud of.”

Catherine Jones, RNLI Community Manager said, “The challenge these four friends are taking on in memory of Haydn to support the lifesaving work of the RNLI is incredible.

“Haydn’s legacy has already been raising awareness and vital funds to help the charity which worked tirelessly to search for him, and this is another fitting tribute. The money this great team raises will help our volunteers in the work they do around the coast.”

Updates on the challenge can be found on the Ride 4 Haydn Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556094533211

Anyone wanting to donate can do so on their JustGiving fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/page/nick-devereux-1700233721653

Image: Haydn Griffiths. Credit: Gerard van den Hoek

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