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MINI FUNDRAISING EFFORT

24/09/2009

The RNLI Station at Kinghorn had a welcome visitor today.

Stevie Mann is driving his 1987 Mini 1000 around the UK coastline in a bid to raise funds to buy a new lifeboat for the RNLI.

Today's stretch of the 41-day, 4279-mile marathon trip saw him pass along the east coast, dropping in at Anstruther and Kinghorn during the afternoon.

Stevie explained that he took his inspiration from Scots actor Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman’s epic Long Way Round adventure.

He said, “This trip is all about people with or who like Minis and the people who wish to support the RNLI—all parting with some hard-earned cash to buy a new lifeboat to be named Mini 1."

“I am doing the trip because I want to go round the coast of the UK, I can take six weeks off work and have a love for Minis. I have the confidence that other people like me will help and we will get the new lifeboat.”

Stevie is raising money by selling stickers and he needs to shift at least 10,000 of them to fund a new boat.

“The plan is to visit 165 lifeboat stations around the mainland , starting and finishing at Land’s End,” he added.

“The aim is to raise enough money to buy a new lifeboat. This could range from a water craft at £8500 to a D class inshore lifeboat at £30,000. This craft will be named Mini 1, or even Mini 2 and Mini 3 if we raise enough money.”

Stevie is 24 days into his trip and faces another 17 nights sleeping in his converted car before he can begin counting up all the cash he has raised.

Kinghorn RNLI member Norman Soutar said, “Stevie is a great guy, he thinks nothing about trying to raise cash for us by driving an old Mini all the way round the UK...and sleeping in it at night! I just hope people appreciate his actions and support him on his trip"