Photo Gallery: Hero’s welcome after epic ride around Britain for RNLI

Matt Hawkes is cheered into Wells after competing his epic ride around Britain for the RNLI Matt Hawkes is cheered into Wells after competing his epic ride around Britain for the RNLI

Thursday, July 10, 2014
9:20 AM

Warm applause and fish and chips welcomed a Fakenham motorcyclist home from an epic 4,500-mile adventure around the British coastline which raised money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

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Marathon journey

On his journey Mr Hawkes passed the most northerly, westerly, southerly and easterly points of mainland Britain:

• Dunnet Head, 11 miles west-northwest of John o’ Groats, in Scotland.

• Ardnamurchan Point, at the western end of the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Lochaber, in the Scottish Highlands.

• Lizard Point, southern tip of Cornwall.

• Ness Point, at Lowestoft.

• Home to the Orbis Energy Centre, a renewable energy development centre.

Matt Hawkes, 43, roared into Wells on his Triumph Rocket III Touring after a journey which saw him visit 170 lifeboat stations.

He was cheered in by members of the Wells RNLI lifeboat crew, the Wells Lifeboat Guild and family and friends and celebrated with a portion of fish and chips from French’s Fish and Chips on Wells Quayside.

Mr Hawkes, a bus driver for First in Norwich, said: “It was the perfect way to celebrate finishing, with family and friends.

“The ride went very smoothly with no problems at all, which is a testament to the quality of Triumphs.”

Appeal

• The Wells branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is in the midst of an 18-month public appeal to raise funds towards a new lifeboat.

• The Shannon is the RNLI’s latest class of lifeboat and will replace the current Mersey which, after 24 years, is approaching the end of her operational life expectancy.

• The station is aiming to raise £250,000 towards the £2m cost of the Shannon.

• The appeal was launched on June 1 and the latest accounts show more than £10,000 has been raised so far.

• Click here to find out more and to support the appeal

Mr Hawkes’ motorcycle was painted in orange and blue to reflect the colours of the RNLI and spent more than a month on the road.

He completed his ride on Tuesday afternoon and estimates that he has raised between £4,000 and £5,000 but will continue raising funds by giving a series of talks about his adventures.

The money will go to the RNLI’s national funds and Mr Hawkes said he would ask for it to be used to support an education programme run by the charity.

Mr Hawkes said: “The programme is all about giving people information to make sure they don’t get into trouble at sea in the first place, which is a really important aspect of what the RNLI does.”

Matt Hawkes enjoyed fish and chips after finishing his epic journeyMatt Hawkes enjoyed fish and chips after finishing his epic journey

Mr Hawkes is still accepting donations. People can donate by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CircaNautica or by texting CIRCA to 70700.

To find out more about the fundraising talks, email Mr Hawkes at mattjnhawkes@gmail.com.

Are you doing something spectacular for charity? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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