Three volunteer crew members from Port St Mary RNLI are taking part in this Sunday’s End to End Walk.

The trio of Richard Leigh, Paul Holmes and Andy Green will tackle the 39.22-mile course from the Point of Ayre to The Sound, in order to raise the funds needed to keep the emergency service operational.

The annual walking race is sponsored by Ramsey Bakery, with the course following a route down the West side of the island - through Bride, Kirk Michael, Peel and Glen Maye, before tackling the gruelling Dalby Mountain, and heading back down The Sloc, through Port St Mary to the finish at the Sound.

The walk has an elevation of almost 1,200 feet and has a time limit of 10 hours to complete it in.

Between them all, crewmen Richard Leigh, Paul Holmes and Andy Green have a total of 69 years service to the RNLI.

During this time they have been on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to respond to their pagers at a moment’s notice and have all been involved in call-outs which have saved lives around the coast of the Isle of Man.

The RNLI is entirely funded by donations, which because of the Covid-19 pandemic have fallen dramatically - not being able to hold their many fundraising events across the British Isles and Isle of Man.

Donations can be made to the JustGiving page: ’Port St Mary Lifeboat End to End Challenge’

l Preview of Sunday’s End to End walk on page 42.

l Next week’s Isle of Man Examiner will feature an article looking at the history of some of the island’s lifeboat stations.