Boy’s quest to visit all 237 RNLI stations

Harry Mascall with Bridlington RNLIs Chris Brompton and  coxswain Stuart Tibbett. Picture:  Andy Brompton

Harry Mascall with Bridlington RNLIs Chris Brompton and coxswain Stuart Tibbett. Picture: Andy Brompton

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Bridlington lifeboat station received a visit from a young boy who is fast becoming a legend throughout the RNLI.

Harry Mascall, an eight-year-old from Wilmslow, was on holiday with his parents and visited the local lifeboat station.

He was so impressed that he thought it would be a good idea to visit all the lifeboat stations in Britain.

Andy Brompton, of Bridlington RNLI, said: “His parents agreed to his request not knowing just how many lifeboat stations there are around the British Isles. The total is 237 which is quite a task.

“So Harry and his parents set off around the coast during school holidays and half term visiting various stations and also trying to raise money for the RNLI and so far they have managed to raise over £2,000.”

What started as low key visits to the stations where Harry would have a picture taken outside a boat house and drive on to the next station has changed to almost a red carpet welcome at the stations when he arrives.

Harry’s fame has grown not just with the RNLI but the Prime Minister David Cameron gave him a Point of Light Award which recognises outstanding individuals who make a change in the community and inspire others and at Christmas he received a card from David and Samantha.

Bridlington lifeboat station was number 96 on his list when he visited on Monday, and was welcomed by Coxswain Stuart Tibbett and station mechanic Chris Brompton. Stuart presented Harry with a station plaque before Chris took Harry for a tour of the boat and station. After a cuppa and an orange drink for Harry the Mascalls set off to their next lifeboat station.

Writing on his JustGiving page, where he has already raised thousands for the RNLI, Harry said: “I started this mission on my 7th birthday when I was on holiday in Cornwall.

“The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 24 people every day and RNLI lifeguards provide a seasonal lifeguard service on selected beaches.

“Thank you to everyone for all of the support so far!”

You can make a donation by visiting the JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/harrymascall