Harry Potter stars Rupert Grint, and brothers Oliver and James Phelps are rallying support for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) by taking part in the Barmy to Barcelona Wacky Rally this weekend.
Rupert, Oliver and James have really pushed the boat out with their 1992 Vauxhall Carlton rally car, decking it out in the familiar livery of an RNLI all-weather lifeboat.
Continuing with their maritime theme, the trio have entered the race as The Salty Sea Dogs and aim to raise awareness and funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.
Taking in the amazing Swiss Alps, rolling hills of Italy, French Riviera and the Spanish Catalan capital, The Salty Sea Dogs are hoping to propel their way to a competitive time in their first wacky rally.
"The idea of a wacky rally seemed like quite good fun, while also being challenging," said Oliver Phelps. “Having great admiration for the work of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards, who often face challenging situations, it made sense to choose to support them and their lifesaving work. The distinctive RNLI colours also gave us great inspiration for the car.”
Oliver and brother James have supported the RNLI previously by taking part in the charity’s national fundraising day, SOS Day, which takes place annually on the last Friday in January.
"We expect to “coast” to Barcelona, ha ha," joked Rupert Grint. “This is a brilliant way to see some great bits of Europe and even better that we can do it for a great cause. We’ve even got company in the form of a seagull perched on the boot of the car; we’re hoping it won’t need rescuing when the rally starts for real! The RNLI does a fantastic job but it’s only possible because of people’s donations. Help us to help the RNLI by going on to our fundraising page www.virginmoneygiving.com/thesaltyseadogs, it would be really appreciated!”
In 2009, RNLI lifeboats rescued 8,235 people and RNLI lifeguards aided 15,957 people.
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Source: Paul Cullen, RNLI