Community / Seven year old Ben to begin walk to raise money for RNLI

Ben Masson.

A SEVEN year old boy from Lerwick is starting a 21.1 mile walk today (Friday) to raise money for the RNLI.

Ben Masson’s walk will be the equivalent distance between Lerwick and Aith lifeboat stations.

He has already raised nearly £800 in donations.

Starting at 10am he will begin walking the streets of Lerwick, finishing next Friday (24 July) at 1710 – the same ’17-10’ service number as Lerwick Lifeboat.


If Ben completes the 21.1 mile distance before next Friday, he will put in some extra miles before the 1710 deadline.

Ben’s father Grant Masson and his grandfather John Best are both volunteer crew members on Lerwick Lifeboat.

Both Ben and his younger brother Charlie are also said to be showing an early interest in joining the crew in future.

Lerwick Lifeboat operations manager Malcolm Craigie said: “Ben’s family are well connected to the Lerwick Lifeboat and it’s great to see him and his brother taking an interest too.

“We’re really grateful to Ben for taking on this challenge to raise funds that will help the RNLI charity to continue to save lives at sea.”

Donations can be made online.