Cleethorpes man snaps up seat on power boat taking part in Round Britain Challenge
THIS Cleethorpes man bid more than £100 to speed his way down south in a power boat for charity.
Pete Lea will join a team of racers tomorrow on the last leg of their ambitious Round Britain Charity Challenge.
The venture is a partnership between BananaShark Racing and E-Lites electronic cigarettes, which saw the crew set off from Salcombe in Devon, last week.
They will arrive in Grimsby today and stay overnight.
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As part of the 2,000-mile adventure, in just 11 days, the team are raising money for nine charities nationwide - one being St Andrew's Children's Hospice, Peaks Lane, Grimsby.
And to raise even more funds for the hospice, they auctioned off a seat in their boat for a lucky bidder to travel from Grimsby down to London's Chatham Historic Docks with them.
Pete was delighted to win the place after bidding £102.
The keen fundraiser said: "I have supported St Andrew's Hospice for a long time now both personally and through my company CH Turner Insurance Consultants, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes.
"When I saw this chance online it seemed ideal to do something different while raising money at the same time.
"I am not a stranger to water and have travelled before in a rigid inflatable boat across the Humber.
"I am excited to join this crew on their fundraising adventure."
St Andrew's Children's Hospice provides specialist care, free of charge for young people with life-limiting illnesses while also supporting their families.
Pete has set up an online donation page in conjunction with this event to hopefully raise extra cash for the hospice.
Mike Gresham, 57, fundraising manager at St Andrew's Children's Hospice, said: "We are very grateful for any donations given to us.
"There are many ways people can fundraise and this is a good example of doing something different.
"It is very kind of Pete to have spent so much money on this seat knowing all proceeds will go to the hospice."
Pete is not the only family member keen to do their bit for charity.
His wife Maureen Lea, will take part in St Andrew's Hospice Sleepwalk event on Friday, July 6.
Anyone wanting to sponsor Pete, visit www.justgiving.com/Peter-DAKA.