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Walk by 73 year old man raises money for Dungeness and Littlestone RNLI lifeboat stations

On Sunday 7 August, Richard Batten from New Romney raised £1,238.00 for the two local RNLI lifeboat stations, walking from Hythe in Kent to the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway station at Dungeness.

This walk took over six and a half hours to complete and was so inspirational as Richard had recovered from cancer in one lung four years ago, at the beginning of this year he had to have keyhole surgery to remove a tumour on the other lung at Guys hospital in London.

Richard said ‘one of the reasons I took on this challenge was seeing how the armed forces come back from their injuries, so that inspired me to do something after my own health problems. I enjoy walking and to raise money for the local RNLI who in turn save lives at sea, made it all so worth while’.

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Photographs taken by Judith Richardson Dungeness Lifeboat Press Officer show Richard Batten on his walk and the presentation of the cheque at Dungeness RNLI lifeboat station, (l to r) Roger Gillett, Station Operations Manager, Richard Batten, Trevor Bunney, Mechanic and Stuart Adams, Coxswain

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