Fundraiser Harry on lifeboat mission

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - ZOE JOHN­SON wilm­slow­ex­press@men­media.co.uk @wilm­slow­ex­press Fol­low Harry’s jour­ney on Twit­ter @Har­ryMas­call1

ADE­TER­MINED school­boy with a pas­sion for lifeboats is on a fundrais­ing mission to visit ev­ery lifeboat sta­tion in the UK.

Harry Mas­call, seven, is fa­nat­i­cal about lifeboats and has set him­self the chal­lenge to visit all 236 RNLI sta­tions in the UK and raise money for the char­ity.

The Pow­nall Hall School pupil has al­ready vis­ited 51 boathouses and raised al­most £1,000 of his £2,500 tar­get over the past six months.

Harry first fell in love with the RNLI and lifeboats dur­ing a fam­ily hol­i­day to Northum­ber­land, when he went on a tour of the lifeboat sta­tion at Sea­houses.

Af­ter sit­ting in the Coxswain’s chair on the RNLB Grace Dar­ling, which is now his favourite lifeboat, he de­cided that he wanted to visit ev­ery lifeboat sta­tion in the UK and Ire­land.

He now spends his school hol­i­days trav­el­ling up and down the coun­try to com­plete his chal­lenge, rais­ing money in the process.

He said: “I love lifeboats be­cause they res­cue peo­ple in trou­ble at sea and the crews are very brave.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing the Tower RNLI sta­tion on the River Thames in Lon­don be­cause it is the busiest in the coun­try and they have the fastest res­cue boats.”

Tim Mas­call, Harry’s dad, said: “He is ab­so­lutely ob­sessed with lifeboats and is determined to com­plete the chal­lenge and raise as much money as he can for the RNLI.

“Harry finds the lifeboats very ex­cit­ing, he has met many crew mem­bers and is cap­ti­vated by how brave they all are.”

He added: “When homework al­lows he en­joys watch­ing res­cue pro­grammes and is adamant that when he is old enough he will be­come an RNLI crew mem­ber.

“We’re very proud of him and I wouldn’t bet against him work­ing on a lifeboat one day, as he is very sin­gle-minded.”

And thanks to mum Jane doc­u­ment­ing his jour­ney on Twit­ter, Harry now re­ceives in­vi­ta­tions to visit from RNLI sta­tions and sup­port for his project on a daily ba­sis.

She said: “He gets so many peo­ple email­ing and tweet­ing ask­ing him to visit their sta­tion, it’s hard for me to keep up with the re­quests.

“We set up a Twit­ter ac­count so peo­ple can fol­low his jour­ney.”

The fam­ily spent the last half term tour­ing sta­tions in Wales and are plan­ning to visit the Tower sta­tion on the River Thames in Lon­don in May.

Any­one wish­ing to sup­port Harry’s mission can make dona­tions to the RNLI at www.just­giv­ing. com/har­ry­mas­call.

Harry Mas­call, who is fa­nat­i­cal about lifeboats, is vis­it­ing all the lifeboat sta­tions in the coun­try for char­ity

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