Monday, May 03, 2010

On the Wings of a C90

I have tremendous respect for Kevin Hancock, who has undertaken a marathon task in aid of the RNLI, in memory of his best mate's son, who died in a tragic boating accident.

In Kev's words:-
The reason:

I am doing this trip in memory of Lee Wood who was sadly taken from us on 25th april 2004 in a boating accident in which the RNLI searched in vain for lee but he was missing for a further 16 days and recovered on may 11th from the sea by the RNLI. His father Steven Wood, a friend of mine since childhood is eternally grateful to the RNLI for their efforts to find lee and is now constantly raising monies for the RNLI in various ways . I will be 40 on may 11th this year and was looking for something crazy to do- a plan was then hatched!

The trip,

The trip will be with me riding a 17yr old c90 honda scooter and leaving mumbles,swansea RNLI station on may 1st at 2pm. I will then ride around the coast of britain in an anti-clockwise direction visiting every station on mainland uk, i will be doing this in 15 days and arrive back in mumbles on the 16th may. The approximate mileage is about 4000 and the bike averages 40mph,whilst looking for 172 staions to visit, it will be a challenge i'm willing to take!!!

I can be contacted @

in association with george white motorcycles

some links in memory of lee.


pictures of kevin can be seen at this link scroll down page 1 click on page 2 -3 etc

from the RNLI press release:-

RNLI volunteers from The Mumbles will this weekend be bidding farewell to Kevin Hancock, as he sets off on a challenging 4,000 mile journey around the UK coast to help fund a new lifeboat. Kevin is making the final checks to his 90cc Honda, which will take him around 174 of the RNLI’s lifeboat stations during the 15 day trip, travelling at less then 40mph.

Kevin is undertaking the challenge as part of his 40th Birthday celebrations and hopes to raise £1,000 towards a new Tamar class lifeboat for The Mumbles. He is dedicating the trip to 17-year-old Lee Wood, who died in a boating accident in 2004. Lee's body was recovered by the RNLI 16 days after the accident on the 11 May – Kevin’s Birthday.

Kevin is a lifelong friend of Lee’s father Steve Wood, who launched the 'Money for Mumbles' appeal in 2009. The fundraising drive, which currently stands at £67,000 aims to raise £150,000 towards the £2.7 million Tamar class lifeboat for The Mumbles.

The intrepid fundraiser met with RNLI volunteers at The Mumbles last week which has strengthened his determination to raise as much money as possible.

He says:

‘All the money that I’ve raised will go towards the RNLI. I’m funding the trip from my own pocket because it’s important that the charity receive the entire donation towards funding the new lifeboat.’

Kevin, who sets off from The Mumbles on Saturday (1 May) will be travelling the UK anti-clockwise and is hoping to collect more donations along the way.

To make a donation, visit Kevin’s Just Giving Page

You can follow Kev's progress on facebook

You can see the stations he hopes to visit Here


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