Marcus's Mayday Mile

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I’m taking on the Mayday Mile challenge to support RNLI volunteers


I am hoping to walk one mile every day in May to raise money for RNLI and I hope you will sponsor me.

Just before Christmas, I fell and broke my leg quite badly.    I spent Christmas at Torbay Hospital and received very good care. It was a triumph after five days to walk a few yards to have a shower and not be pushed. Since leaving hospital Rachel and Peter kindly welcomed me to their lovely home.

Slowly I walked a few more steps. After three months I could walk a short distance without a knee brace, using a rollator Gradually, I managed half a mile. Now 4 months after the accident I have just walked a mile with one stick!

So, to say thank you, I am supporting the RNLI in their heroic life-saving work and hope you will sponsor me. A penny a mile or a pound a mile, or whatever - it all adds up. Either on line at or send cash or cheques payable to RNLI to me at Springend Cottage, Stokeinteignhead, Devon TQ12 4QL.

Thank you very much

For those who do not know me, I am a retired vicar, author and interfaith and peace activist  - see

This May, I’m completing a mile-a-day challenge to help RNLI crews save lives at sea.

During summertime, more people flock to beaches and coastal towns to make the most of everything they have to offer – from glorious sunshine to adventurous watersports. And as temperatures rise, so do calls from people in trouble in the water.

By answering this Mayday call and giving a gift today, you can make a real, lifesaving difference. Your kindness will help give volunteers everything they need to launch to the rescue, and make sure they’re ready to face their busiest season.

Will you sponsor my RNLI Mayday Mile challenge and support the courageous crews?

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My Achievements

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Self donated

Reached 25% of fundraising target

Reached 50% of fundraising target

Reached 75% of fundraising target

Reached 100% of fundraising target

Added a Blog Post

Shared fundraising page

Reached 25% of distance target

Reached 50% of distance target

Reached 75% of distance target

Reached 100% of distance target

My Updates

A suprise

Tuesday 21st May
It was great today to get support from USA.

By taking part in May Mile, I have learned a lot more about the courage and dedication of RNLi crews - all of whom are volunteers.  

In the Bible, St Paul describes a terrible storm  on his journey to Rome. The ship was shipwrecked on the coast of Malta.  Some years ago I visited the site.

Acts of the Apostles  chapter 27th 

Thank you again. 


Sunday 19th May
I have just had a week walking in Cornwall  - along the coast near the Lizard and visited several RNLI centres  - a large, active one in Looe  and another  in Coverack, close to where there had been a disaster some years ago.

I was more than ever impressed by the dedication and bravery of the RNLI volunteers.

Thank you too that I have reached my target of £2,000 but I am happy to add to it 

A Privilege

Wednesday 8th May
A friend,whose late husband was an RNLI supporter, lent me her
 husbands  RNLi jacket to wear. I felt very privileged to do so.

The walking and fund raising continues.  I shall be away for much of next week.  I will go on walking: but not posting messages.

I have nearly reached my target; but the more we can raise for RNLI the better.  Do, please, tell your friends.

Again  - many thanks

Tuesday 7th May
  7th May 

A quieter walk today along local lanes.
So many beautiful spring flowers


Monday 6th May
It was a beautiful hot sunny afternoon, so I walked with Rachel and Peter and Barnaby along the beach to Spray Point  although the soft sand was a bit hard on the knee

Thanks again.  I hope you have had a good day.   

 All good wishes 


I am very 

Thanks again to all my sponsors

Sunday 5th May
Many thanks to all my supporters. I am thrilled by your generosity and I even hope we will beat my target.  RNLI deserves all the help we can give it.

Today at church, the focus on Christian Aid, which I have supported for over 50 years and I have seen on the ground some of their vital work

This afternoon, another walk through the Devonshire lanes in bright sunshine.

I hope you enjoy the Bank Holiday 

A Devon Track

Saturday 4th May
Quite a different walk today - along what is a called here in Devon a "Green Way''. It was quite rough going, but beautiful scenery and sunshine.

I am very grateful for all the support I have received.  Thanks to the mention in  The Church Times, I have heard from someone I last saw fifty years ago.

Thinking ahead to the anniversary of D Day, I realise how dependent we were on the ships bringing in food from America  and the navy.   Members of the RNLi show the same courage and I know grateful they are for your generosity 

Walking with Stormy Sam

Friday 3rd May
Today, I joined Stormy Sam  and other members of Teignmouth RNLI, including Anna, who had just run in the London Marathon, to walk the whole length and back of Teignmouth sea front - a good mile. Lots of people gave money to the collection box - and the children loved RNLi Millie.  My daughter Rachel and her husband Peter, who have been so supportive   and a grandaughter's dog called Barnaby came too 

Friday 3rd May

Thursday 2nd May
I am hoping to do my daily walk tomorrow along the sea front in Teignmouth

Thank you to all who have sponsored me and are cheering me on .
Yesterday and today have been along local Devonshire lanes  -lots of beautiful wild flowers toencourahe me

May 1st

Wednesday 1st May
So the walking now really starts  - although I have been training for a couple of weeks - and the knee seems to be coping.

Thank you for your support and encouragement  

Thank you to my Sponsors


Christopher And Phillida Purvis


Dorothy Clark

Wishing you the very best of luck.


Rabbi Tony Bayfield

Principled and indomitable, caring and generous, always concerned about others. This is Marcus - always has been, always will be. that's why Jacqui and I love him and support him.




Hayley Dartnell

Good luck Marcus!



I am sure you will exceed your target. All good wishes and congratulations!


Jeremy Braybrooke

A real inspiration. After all you have been through a mile a day is a huge challenge but worth it for such a good cause. Good luck!


Nicholas And Vidas

We are very proud of you choosing to support the RNLI and we hope it will help in your recovery greatly too.


Frances House

Congratulations Marcus, a fantastic effort for an amazing organisation. With best wishes, Frances and Bryony


Bernie And Tony

What an amazing thing to do. We wish you every success for your quest. We will be thinking of you and hope the weather will be kind. 😍


Helen Hobin

What a wonderful way to help the RNLI! You’ve been so patient and determined with keeping active despite breaking your leg Grandpa, and your hard work is very inspiring! I’m sure Grandma will be cheering you on. Lots of love from Antarctica Xx


Lucy Slade

Well done Marcus!



Yet more inspiration from you. Thanks so much for your example


Bruce Wilmot

Best of Luck Marcus, all good wishes Bruce & Jane Wilmot (Alasdairs Parents)


Susan Prescott

Well done.


Jackie Tabick

Twice 18 for life! You have given such meaning to all our lives.




Marcus Braybrooke


Peter And Suzanne

Good luck Marcus - we’ll be cheering you from just up the road.


Veronica Sandilands


Vinod And Sudha Kapashi


Rachel Hobin

Dad, you are an inspiration. You badly fractured your leg just before Christmas, and now you are aiming to walk a mile a day in May for the RNLI!! Well done and good luck!


John Good


Janet Budd

Dear Marcus, We are full of admiration for the effort you are making to raise funds for RNLI, a charity which we are happy to support. Philip & I wish you every blessing on your endeavours. Our love, Janet & Philip Budd


Liz Gruenstern

What an achievement! Enjoy you daily mile in May.


Hilda Hobin

All the best, Good Luck!


Wendy & Antonia

We’ll be cheering you with every mile!


Sarah And Chris Parsons

Grandpa you are amazing and such an inspiration! Good luck!


Kathryn & Chris Wolff

Wow, Grandpa! I can't believe your first response to being discharged from breaking your leg is to volunteer to walk a mile a day for a month! ...or, actually, I can believe it all too well. Honestly. You're such an inspiration, as always. We love you so much, and wish you the best of luck, Kathryn and Chris xx


Anna And Alasdair

Grandpa you are amazing! We wish you all the best of luck and what a fantastic cause. Lots of love, Anna and Alasdair xxx


Carole Newman

Wishing you good luck such a great Charity to support .




Ann & Gerry Wells

Well done Marcus


Gill Kibble

Good luck I hope your rehabilitation goes well


Pat Walker

Good Luck Marcus, we’ll be thinking of you 🥰


Vera Baker


Philip Shrimpton

Well done.



You are an example to us all.


Sheila Puri


Natasha Eliot

Brilliant challenge!


Miriam And Nick Slade

Best of luck, Marcus. What an inspiring man you are! We will be thinking of you.


Mark Davies


Brooke Young

Congratulations on your recovery Marcus! Your determination and fighting spirit is inspiring. God bless!


Alison Austin

Good luck Marcus and hope it is helping your recovery - RNLI are a wonderful organisation and need as much support as possible.


Catherine Newnham

Good luck with your challenge for an excellent cause.


Hesham Abdalla

What an incredible effort for a worthy cause! Best of luck


Elizabeth And Peter

Well done Marcus, you are a star!



So proud of you Grandpa! Loving all the photos and updates. Keep up the good work raising money for such an important charity. Lots of love, Lizzie xx


Mike & Becky Parsons

What a remarkable achievement Marcus, and a very worthy cause to walk for. You are inspirational in so many ways through this act of fundraising, and an example to us all of how to live life well.


Rodney Horder




Philip White

Good luck


Jo Mcmahon


Nuala And Darren James

Sarah’s told me your story and it is truly inspirational! Good luck with your challenge! Sarah and I will attempt to cheer you on by joining you in some miles from Clifton Hampden with the dogs in tow! 🙂


Rosemary Charles

Remembering Marcus from Frindsbury days! Good wishes for the walks.


Alan Race


Lucy Cadbury

Good luck Marcus, amazing feat and a really worthy cause.


Sarah Hiscox

Good luck!


Ken & Rosy Holland

Well done for taking on this challenge Marcus. You have done remarkably well after breaking your leg. We wish you every success in raising money for such a wonderful cause.


Helena Cermakova

What a great thing to do Marcus, take care, all blessings Helena


Toby Lawrence









Good Luck - Great cause!