Eight year old on a lifeboat mission

Harry Mascall on deck of Cromer's lifeboat called Lester. Picture: DAVE ROBERTS

Harry Mascall on deck of Cromer's lifeboat called Lester. Picture: DAVE ROBERTS - Credit: Archant

A young fan of lifeboats is currently on a voyage to visit all RNLI stations in the country.

Harry Mascall taking the wheel of Cromer's lifeboat called Lester. Picture: DAVE ROBERTS

Harry Mascall taking the wheel of Cromer's lifeboat called Lester. Picture: DAVE ROBERTS - Credit: Archant

With a whopping 237 stations in total, Harry Mascall, eight, from Cheadle in Cheshire, has a huge feat ahead of him as he raises funds for the lifeboats along the way.

He dropped into Cromer, which was station number 83, on the Norfolk leg of his journey - and said it was his favourite.

On his Norfolk trek he will have visited Gorleston-on-sea, Happisburgh, Cromer, Sheringham and Wells.

Harry's passion for lifeboats began at an early age, his mum, Jane Mascall, 44, said: 'We have been visiting the Northumberland coast since he was a baby and he has always been taken by the boats he saw.

'During a trip to St. Ives in Cornwall we went to the lifeboat station's open day and since then he decided he wanted to visit every one, little did we know how many!'

The trek will be raising money for the RNLI and young Harry hopes to be a volunteer for them one day.

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He hopes to raise £2,500 and is at just over £1,500 now.

He said: 'I like boats quite a lot. Cromer is my favourite station because the boats are big and look very cool.'

Harry has been made an honorary member of Rhyl lifeboat station, a place in Wales the family visits often.

While in Cromer he was able to go onto the boat, called Lester, and have a look inside. He was guided around by 2nd coxswain, Ady Barker, who spoke about the boat and answered Harry's questions.

After visiting the engines one has even been named Harry in his honour.

Audrey Smith, station press officer, said: 'For somebody young like Harry to have this ambition and make it a reality is wonderful.'

To donate visit his JustGiving page here https://www.justgiving.com/harrymascall/

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