Walk to help highlight the dangers of the sea
Two organisations are coming together to help warn of the dangers of being near water.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards (NSVL) are spending the week, Drowning Prevention Week, spreading their water safety message.
Along week of school assemblies and talks, this year both groups are holding a ‘Perry Walk’ along the coastline.
Taking place on Saturday, the walk will start next to the St Mary’s Island causeway and follow the coastal path through to Tynemouth.
Registration is from 10am with the walk starting at 10.30am. Those taking part are asked to make a £1 donation with sponsorship forms available.
TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “Located along the walk are numerous council-maintained ‘Perry Buoys’ which are positioned at key points where people may get into difficulty in the sea. The walk will aim to highlight these buoys, while still taking in the beauty of the coastline.
“The walk will take short breaks at Spanish City and Cullercoats Bay before finishing at the Brigade’s Watch House where we will have a cake sale and BBQ.”
Money raised will be split between the TVLB, NSVL and Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS).
Among those taking part is Louise Bradley, whose husband Gavin tragically lost his life in May 2014 along with two family members after a kayaking accident on the River Tyne near Wylam.
Peter added: “Louise, along with her friends and family, have become dedicated supporters of the Brigade and have raised in the region of £10,000 for us over the last few years.
“The walk is open to all ages and we hope that you will be able to join us to help promote this important message.
“Although the TVLB & NSVL has always worked hard on promoting sea safety and drowning prevention, the need for further education and effort has been highlighted by a number of recent tragedies.
“Although not linked to the RNLI’s ‘Respect The Water’ campaign we hope that our efforts during Drowning Prevention Week can continue to help spread the word to the many different people who visit our coastline each year.”
Anyone not able to take part in the walk but still wishing to support the campaign may wish to make a donation online via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DPW2016-NSVL-TVLB-RLSS