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FROM BICYCLES TO HELICOPTERS – NCI CAPE CORNWALL HAS A BUSY WEEK

12th October 2017. This has been an unusually busy week for the team at NCI Cape Cornwall.

The week started with the Lands End 100 Sportive cycle event that took place on Saturday 7th October with cyclists setting off from Marazion on a choice of three rides, 34, 64 and 100 miles, all of which passed through Lands End. The NCI station at Cape Cornwall were approached to provide the staffing for the feed station at Lands End. This involved the volunteers stocking the tables with the food and drinks provided and ensuring that the table was kept well stocked up throughout the event. It was a busy but enjoyable day and at the end of the event, the organisers made a generous donation to the Cape Cornwall station. The team were also allowed to have some of the fundraising team collecting at the finish at Marazion which helped to raise even more donations for the station.

Four days later, the Cape Cornwall team had the opportunity to visit the Bristow Helicopters Search & Rescue base at Newquay Airport. The visit consisted of a safety briefing, a detailed presentation about the helicopters and their work and culminated with a visit to the hanger were the team had the chance to see the helicopters up close. The Cape Cornwall visitors were made very welcome by our SAR colleagues and had an enjoyable and informative visit. This was also a particularly memorable event for one of Cape Cornwall’s members. In June, Philip Oldfield was on watch when he suffered a heart attack and had to be airlifted from the watchstation, and this gave him the opportunity to not only personally thank the crew, but also to have a good look around the helicopter itself.

In between these events, the Cape Cornwall team was also able to hold their monthly members meeting and several training sessions for new watchkeepers.

(Photographs courtesy of NCI Cape Cornwall)

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