In Memory of My Dad
2020 was 20 years since my father, Robert Neville Dixon, sadly passed away. Last year was interrupted due to Covid-19 so we go again in 2021, I will be undertaking a series of challenges to raise money for the RNLI.
My dad was always into hiking or climbing. Any chance he could, he would be out in the countryside - no matter the weather. From my earliest days he would carry me up the fells, until I could walk then he would push me onward.
His love for the outdoors has stayed with me always and I feel at home the moment I reach the lakes or see the hills.
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2000 we had travelled to Pembrokeshire as part of a climbing trip with the Innominata Mountain Club. We hiked, climbed and coastered our way around. An incredible few days where I never felt closer to him.
Sadly on our last day of the trip, our incredible weekend would come to an end. Leading the climb up the cliffs the rock came away and he fell into the sea below. The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) raced to try and rescue him, tackling the strong waves to get him aboard their Class D Lifeboat and raced to the nearest hospital, undertaking CPR as they went. Sadly, despite the efforts of all those in attendance and the RNLI the injuries sustained to my father were too severe and he passed away.
Given my age when my dad had his accident (13 years old), it was hard to process the event and, consequently, I did not arrange any fundraising back then. I have not sought to raise funds previously; however, to mark the 20th anniversary, I would like to do just that for the RNLI.
In memory of my dad, who instilled in me a love of the outdoors, I am completing a series of challenges across the year. The activities will involve running, cycling, swimming, kayaking and hiking - all to raise funds for this fantastic charity that we never know when we might need to rely upon.
For those who do know me, I have never been a fit man. However, I wanted to really test myself over the course of the year against a series of challenges I am genuinely not sure that I can complete.
It would be great to have your support and involvement in the events. Please check them out below and let me know if you would like to join in. Please also take a moment to visit my JustGiving page by clicking on the button below:
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There are 4,700 volunteer lifeboat crew members at stations around the UK and Ireland, 8% of whom are women, and another 3,000 volunteer shore crew members who support them.
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