Chairman of Hunstanton Lifeboat Station takes on Soap Box challenge
- By Elaine Bird
- 2 months ago
Charles le Strange Meakin says he hopes to get to the bottom of the soapbox course unscathed and raise money for Hunstanton Lifeboat station in the process.
This Sunday sees the return of the popular Soap Box Derby and the karts will be displayed on The Green from 10am. Racing starts at 11:30am, around 40 teams from across the country will get their first run of the course which sets off near the Town Hall, up on Greevegate, hops over a new improved ramp and heads down towards the finish line, overlooking the sea, on Beach Terrace Road.
Amongst the competitors and at the wheel this year is first timer Charles le Strange Meakin and he's hoping to raise £3000 for the Lifeboat Station.
Charles said: "The Hunstanton Life Boat Crew is a group of unpaid volunteers providing 24-hour search and rescue. Protecting visitors and residents using North Norfolks shores. We operate both an in shore lifeboat and 1 of 4 RNLI hovercrafts operating around the UK coast.
"The seaside can be a dangerous place and regularly catches out residents and visitors alike. There are many strandings on sandbanks cut off by the tide, swimmers washed off shore, injured sailors/ water sports enthusiasts and other incidents which require the aide of the RNLI volunteers at Hunstanton Life Boat Station.
"The RNLI relies on donations to support its activities here in Norfolk and around the coast. Each launch costs at least £3,000."
Stuart Dark and James Wild MP complete the team 'Birkin's Boys' and they will be pushing Charles off at the start.
The fundraising link is: https://www.justgiving.com/page/rnli-wild-dark-strange?newPage=true