Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew and supporters are calling on walkers to join them next month for their annual sponsored coastal walk from Holywood to Bangor.
The event — on Sunday, April 11 — is being held to raise funds for the lifeboat station, whose crew members were the busiest in Northern Ireland last year with 55 callouts for help.
Translink NI Railways are supporting the fundraiser by providing courtesy rail travel between Holywood and Bangor to allow participants to choose the length of their walk.
This year is a special one for the lifeboat crew and fundraisers as the station is celebrating 45 years in operation and the Freedom of the Borough is to be accorded to them shortly.
Rita Jarvis, chairperson of Bangor RNLI fundraising branch, said: “We are delighted to once again be holding the Holywood to Bangor sponsored walk, now in its fifth year.
“We want as many people as possible to join us on the day and bring along their friends and family too.
“As a charity we rely on the generosity of the public to ensure our lifeboat crew can continue to receive the equipment and training that allows them to go on saving lives at sea.”
Translink NI Railways Inspector David Johnston said: “We are delighted to once more support the sponsored walk, especially during this important year for the station.
“Last year, Bangor was the busiest lifeboat station in Northern Ireland, highlighting a real need to continue raising vital funds for this service and help save more lives at sea.”
The event starts at Holywood train station at 1pm and participants are also welcome to join in along the route.
After the walk, all participants are invited to enjoy refreshments and live entertainment at Coyle's Bar & Bistro in Bangor. Registration forms and sponsorship packs are available from the RNLI Belfast office on telephone 9047 3665.