Unicycling teenager raises funds for Selsey RNLI

Duncan Codd presents his cheque to Martin Rudwick from Selsey Lifeboat Station
Duncan Codd presents his cheque to Martin Rudwick from Selsey Lifeboat Station
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AN avid lifeboat supporter has made a tyre-less effort to raise funds for the RNLI by riding more than 27 miles on a unicycle.

Duncan Codd, 14, raised more than £1,000 for Selsey lifeboat station during his challenge.

He smashed his initial fundraising target of £232 – the cost of a waterproof protective jacket for a lifeboat crew member.

Duncan initially planned to ride his unicycle in an organised bike ride, but was forced to go solo after an unfortunate ruling by the organisers.

“I had a bit of a set back when the organisers of my local 25 mile charity ride told me I couldn’t complete due to being one wheel short of a full bicycle,” he said.

Duncan’s support for the RNLI stems from his involvement in a sailing club where Selsey’s RNLI lifeboat crew supported the regatta to promote sea safety.

“I remember I went out on the lifeboat and got talking to one of the volunteer crew, and was just inspired by what I learned,” said Duncan.

“From there I did more research and I just became more and more interested in the RNLI.”

Martin Rudwick, coxswain of the lifeboat, said: “It just goes to show, three years ago we gave this young lad a trip on the lifeboat and here he is three years later raising funds for the charity.

“The amount is great too as it is enough to kit out a lifeboat crew member in the personal protective equipment that keeps them safe at sea.”