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Grandpa’s challenge to walk every road in Somerset Town in support of RNLI Bath City News

A former Portishead Lifeboat Team crew member has challenged himself to hit all the streets, roads and tracks of the town – to raise money for the RNLI. Grandfather-of-two Bob Crane had the idea to celebrate his 80th birthday and says he expects to do more than 100 miles.

Bob, 79, who lives in the city, started the challenge earlier this month and aims to complete it when he turns 80 on July 17. He has set himself the goal of raising £1,000 – all of which will go to Portishead RNLI.

Bob is accompanied on his travels by an RNLI bear – Captain Flint – who sits on his shoulder. Bob said: “I wanted to do something different to mark my 80th birthday and raise money for a good cause.

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“It’s quite hilly in Portishead and some of those hills aren’t easy. The other day I hiked 11 miles and climbed 1,104 feet.

“But it’s going to be a fun challenge and it will definitely keep me fit.” Bob has been involved in lifeboating for decades, first joining the independent, Sugar Loaf Beach-based Portishead Lifeboat Trust.

He was also instrumental in the construction work for the new RNLI station at the city’s marina. He was also Launch Authority and later Operations Manager for Portishead RNLI for five years.

He continues to volunteer as a member of the independent Portishead Lifeboat Trust which raises funds to help the RNLI station. A Portishead RNLI spokesperson said: ‘Please donate to help Bob in his efforts to support our volunteer lifeboat crew and to save lives at sea. And if you see him on his travels please do sign him. And maybe also a drink and a cookie.

Anyone wishing to donate to Bob’s Challenge can do so here.

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