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Total raised so far

£470.00 +£73.75 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

2 years ago


£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

ride like the wind

2 years ago


£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

2 years ago

Neil Hutchings

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Sean!

2 years ago

Jane Holland

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Sean X

2 years ago

Pauline Maidment

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Sean

2 years ago

Thomas Lawlor


Well done Sean

2 years ago

Rye Bay Ebikes


Well done Sean!

2 years ago

Michelle smith


2 years ago

Rachel Hammond

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Sean ??

2 years ago

John C

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Go Sean! Thank you so.

Sean O'Sullivan is raising money for Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

SOS Pedal for PLIRB

Event date: 26th September 2020

My story

Coronavirus has had a serious impact on charity fundraising. And this is particularly true for independent rescue boats.

And it’s definitely the case for an independent rescue boat local to Sean, the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat (or PLIRB to their friends)! Although this volunteer crew works alongside the RNLI and other emergency services for ‘shouts’ and search and rescue incidents, they don’t receive any government funding.

This south coast charity rescue service, staffed completely by volunteers, has maintained ‘rescue-ready services’ throughout the pandemic. In fact, they’ve been involved in several ‘shouts’ and responses to incidents of concern.

However, although on-call service has been maintained, the charity has had no income from fundraising over this period. With their usual community fundraising taking a big knock when their 2020 Open Day fundraiser and a special 50th Anniversary Celebration had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

With running cost of £10,000 a year (and rising) and no external funding apart from what they are able to raise in donations, the PLIRB charity faces real challenges when it comes to staying afloat.

And when this was mentioned to Sean, he started thinking …

“I work with two people who volunteer at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat and I know the struggle the charity has with being self-funded at such a difficult time. They're working alongside the RNLI so people think they're getting the same sort of money from the government but the truth of it is they have to raise all their own funds.

So I just thought I'd be able to help out as much as I can by taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride - one of the few big charity events still taking place this year - and raise funds for the rescue boat at the same time."


Certainly, independent rescue boats do struggle because the public generally just aren’t aware that these charities receive no central or government funding. Instead, these charities have to self-fund to maintain their services.

PLIRB is situated along a particularly hazardous part of the south coast. Often tasked by Solent Coastguard, their services include:

Rapid-response to call outs – those SOS and Mayday calls

Search and rescue support

First Aid

Safe tow to water craft in difficulties

Rescue and retrieval for people and vessels in trouble

Rescue support during inland flooding

The PLIRB charity volunteers also run beach safety awareness and accident-prevention campaigns to help keep visiting members of the public and local beach-users safe.

With all this work to do, Sean’s adamant that getting on his bike to help with the fundraising won’t be the only event SOS Entertainment will be part of for PLIRB.

"The bike ride is just the first stage ... SOS Entertainment's also going to be doing a fun day (fund-day, lol) when Covid allows. We're going to be doing something down there for all the kids, bouncy castles, music ... whatever it takes to get the message out. It's just as important that others can be aware and help donate to their local independent rescue boats as well."


So, with little over a month till the event on Sunday 13th September 2020, the stabilisers are off, the lycra is out and a gruelling training schedule has begun!

Want to get involved?

  • Check back here for regular updates and to watch that total mount up!
  • Keep up to date with the event on the SOS Facebook page - more photos on there!
  • Check out the blog at there'll be more updates as Sean’s local charity fundraising events unfold!

If you can’t donate but want to help, that's cool too! Please get on board with sharing Sean’s page and challenge -to help raise awareness as well as funds - for the work of Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, charity number 286891.

You can find out about Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat at

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My updates

2 years ago

OK, slight change of date to be aware of! Due to several things, this charity bike ride will now take place on SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2020.

The route's still the same, the plan to end at the boathouse early afternoon is still the same, in fact it's just the day and date that's changed.

This also means extra time for the fundraising part, so if you haven't yet had the chance to sponsor me for this great cause, please feel free to do so!

In fact, there's going to be another update soon which will share how I'm going to make a game out of it all and put a little FUN into the fundraising! Keep in touch!

2 years ago

Woo hoo, great to see these amazing donations and messages of support, that's great thank you!

Training's ongoing, although having to drag out the wet weather gear is a bit pants!

With the £100 donated elsewhere, please keep sharing the page ... let's see if we can't get the grand total on this page to over the £200 mark by the end of the bank holiday weekend, shall we?

Pedal on ... ??

2 years ago

The London to Brighton event has been cancelled, but Sean's organised his own 'independent' charity cycle ride on 13th September 2020.

He'll now be cycling a 54 mile route from Rye Harbour to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat boathouse instead!

Please show your support to Sean - and this self-funded charity - by offering a donation! Thanks so much!

2 years ago

Donation pots just received from John at PLIRB ... look out for these coming out soon to friends and supporters!

Sean O'Sullivan is fundraising for

Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Charity number: 286891

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