An eight-year-old girl has walked miles along the seafront to raise money for a lifeboat charity after watching a popular BBC programme about the service.

Sylvie Lambeau Ward was inspired to raise money for the RNLI after first watching Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two.

After watching the lifeboat crews risk their lives to help others, Sylvie joined the RNLI’s Mayday charity walk and trekked three miles along the coast with volunteers.

Sylvie, from Seaford, said: “One day I sat down with my mum and watched Saving Lives at Sea and ever since I’ve loved the RNLI - it’s an amazing charity.

“The crew are very kind to risk their lives to save people they don’t know.”


As part of the bank holiday event, Sylvie and mum Clara walked from the Martello Tower to the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club and back.

During the three-mile walk, Sylvie met volunteer lifeboat crew members including those who had featured on Saving Lives at Sea.

Sylvie raised £175 for the RNLI as part of the walk.

John Simcock, volunteer navigator and trainee coxswain for the RNLI, said: “Sylvie’s fundraising support makes a real difference to the lifeboat and our community - helping Newhaven RNLI save more lives at sea.’