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West Ham united to Swansea city charity cycle Ride

In memory of Tug Engineer KevinJackman for PORTISHEAD LIFEBOAT because we couldnt do what we do without them .

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The Portishead Lifeboat Trust is a registered charity with a mission statement "To save and protect the lives of the general public, in particular by the provision of a Lifeboat in the Severn Estuary centred on Portishead."

Charity Registration No. 1049104


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Hi As most of you know ,I am a captain on the tugs at portbury, almost two years ago Robin(my chief officer) and I lost our colleague  friend and Engineer Kevin Jackman in a tragic accident whilst
working on board our tug.

 Kevin was a typically proud welsh man who at every opportunity would talk about lovely beautiful Wales, he spent his time on board trying to teach both robin and I how to speak welsh alas I'mafraid he failed there, Robin is from southmead so most was lost in
translation but it became a challenge for him and he never stopped trying .

In between his engineering duties ,Kevin would discuss with me his true passion SWANSEA CITY fc  and the demise of (as Kevin put it )"car crash"Cardiff" .On the day Swansea somehow beat West ham he didn't hold back either  I got it both barrels so to speak and deservedly so. It will come as no surprise to note he was very passionate about the welsh miners and would roar if we brought up the subject of "Maggie Thatcher" or even dare to mention the "Tories". His sense of humour was a joy to beholdand im sure like anyone else who ever met Kevin you will all understand both Robin and myself miss him terribly. 
"PMA Peter PMA"  (positive mental attitude) will stay with
me for a long long time.

So I thought a nice way to remember Kevin and give something back to a charity close to all tugmen as we all work on the sea is to
complete a bicycle ride from West Hams new ground in Stratford all the way to the liberty stadium Swansea  233 MILES  in total over 3 days .

I will be joined by my 6 friends all over 50yrs of age I can vouch for three of us never having visited a gym in our lives so this really is a challenge for all of us.

We will be starting our ride on the 19th October from the Olympic stadium 2017
finishing on Saturday 21st  at the
liberty stadium.

The team is  Peter Hancock, Scrags Tony Donkin Chris Williams Tim Brooks Tim Crisp and Chris Halliburton

Support Vehicle Steve parker / martin balderton

many thanks for your support



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