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.”