A SEVEN-year-old boy has raised over £1,700 for the RNLI by walking the equivalent distance between the Lerwick and Aith lifeboat stations twice.
Ben Masson finished his fundraising drive at 1710 today (Friday) – the hull number of the Lerwick lifeboat.
He was welcomed by members of the RNLI at the Lerwick station with a round of applause.
Ben, from Lerwick, walked over 40 miles in stretches starting last Friday as he doubled his initial target.
His dad Grant Masson and his grandfather John Best are both volunteer crew members on Lerwick Lifeboat.
Ben’s initial fundraising target was set at £100.
RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat operations manager Malcolm Craigie said: “Ben’s a total superstar and we’d like to say well done for his incredible effort, walking twice as far as he had planned to.
“The RNLI is a charity that exists entirely on donations to help us save lives at sea and on behalf of all the crew we’d like to say a huge thanks to Ben and his family who have supported him.”
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