Motorcyclists raise over £1,000 for RNLI in memory of fellow bikers

There was a special meet up of motorbikes and lifeboats at Hoylake Lifeboat Station on Sunday, 21 April, as the riders of a local motorcycle group, BXB/Bretton Motorcycles, presented an incredible donation of £1,045 to the RNLI.

The motorcycle group raises funds for good causes each year at its charity Christmas biker party, which was started over 23 years ago by Paul Sinkinson.

In recent years, the party has raised funds in memory of Paul’s best friend Lee Brooker. Lee helped organise the events, which have since been renamed BXB Brooker’s Xmas Bash – Lee’s wife Althea has also stepped into his boots in supporting the planning. This year’s fundraising efforts also remembered a fellow biker, Terry.

Part of the donation to the RNLI will see Lee and Terry’s names added to the hull of a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat in the RNLI fleet through the charity’s Launch a Memory programme.

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Howie Owen said, “We can’t thank everyone enough who donated to support the work of our volunteer crew. Every penny helps ensure they have the training and equipment they need to face all weathers when saving lives.

“With Lee and Terry’s names on the hull of an RNLI lifeboat on our coast, their memory will launch with that station’s crew every time there is someone in distress who needs help at sea.”

BXB/Bretton Motorcycles’ fundraising efforts also supported the Kids Bank in Chester and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

The RNLI’s Launch a Memory programme provides supporters with an opportunity to remember or celebrate a loved one by adding their name to an all-weather lifeboat, with the next lifeboat recently confirmed as Exmouth RNLI’s Shannon class. Find out more at: rnli.org/support-us/give-money/donate-in-memory/launch-a-memory

Supporters can also donate to help fund the lifesaving work at Hoylake RNLI by visiting: fundraise.rnli.org/fundraisers/Hoylake

Lead image: The funds were raised in memory of bikers Lee and Terry, whose names will be added to the hull of an RNLI lifeboat. Credit: BXB/Bretton Motorcycles

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BXB/Bretton Motorcycles presented Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Howie Owen with a donation of £1,045 for the RNLI. Credit: BXB/Bretton Motorcycles