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David Godfrey’s 70th birthday challenge of skiing down the Matterhorn Glazier and hiking, benefits Dungeness RNLI lifeboat

At the end of June, David Godfrey from Hawkinge did an amazing sponsored challenge to celebrate his 70th birthday with donations going to Dungeness RNLI. David decided to ski down the Matterhorn Glazier and hike down the rest of the mountain. David said “On the skiing leg I was accompanied by one of my sons and his wife and pleased to say this was accomplished in good weather and only minus 3 deg C, the air at 3,885 metres was somewhat thin but my Septuagenarian lungs worked well. The hiking trail was unfortunately shortened due to the top part of the trail being closed by an excess of snow but accompanied by my wife Kim, it still took a five hour muscle aching hike from just below the snow line at around 2,900 metres down to Zermatt. I chose Dungeness RNLI lifeboat to benefit from my challenge in memory of my late friend William Richardson who was Coxswain at Dungeness RNLI for 20 years”. So far David’s challenge has raised over £1500 but there is still time to donate by going to

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Notes to editors

Photographs show The Matterhorn, David Godfrey ready to ski and hiking with his wife Kim together with presentation of cheque to Dungeness Lifeboat Press Officer and Chairman of Fundraising on Dungeness RNLI lifeboat.

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