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Steven Wood

Also known as: Steve.

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A dear friend of the RNLI, Steve fundraised tirelessly for the lifeboats, following the tragic death of his son Lee, in a boating accident off the Gower in 2004.

From July 2006 until his unexpected death on 12 May 2010, Steve dedicated so much of his time to raising money for the RNLI and thinking up the next ideas to do so.

From his first event ‘Light of Lee Wood Week’ in July 2006, Steve, a keen sea fisherman, raised £2,804 by spending the week camping and fishing on the small island which is home to Mumbles lighthouse.

Steve received an award as finalist in the 2006 RNLI supporter awards as a result of his hard work, and the years that followed saw him raising £3,278 for Mumbles lifeboat station by sitting in a bath of baked beans in Oystermouth Square in Mumbles in June 2007, over £1000 organising fishing competitions with his friends from WSF, and hundreds more by entering rafts into the Mumbles Raft race, holding a giant python, dressing in ladies clothing and eating bugs in an ‘I’m a celebrity’ style challenge.

Steve became a well known character in the Swansea area due to all the press coverage he gained through his events, and was chosen by the RNLI to launch its campaign to raise £150,000 for a new Mumbles lifeboat in 2009. At the campaign's launch, he said with typical modesty: "I was choked when the RNLI asked me to launch its Money for Mumbles appeal.”

Steve also inspired many others to fundraise for the RNLI, including his friend Kevin Hancock, of Skewen, to ride round Britain's coastline on his motorbike, visiting all Britain's 174 mainland RNLI stations en route. Steve spoke to Kevin the day before he died, which was the sixth anniversary of Lee's body being recovered, and Mr Hancock's 40th birthday, to wish him well, and to tell him to get off his bike and have a birthday drink! With the Wood family’s permission, Kevin will continue his challenge, as a tribute to Steve.

At every opportunity Steven spoke knowledgably and emotively about the RNLI’s work and promoted key water safety messages to fellow angling enthusiasts.

Steve raised over £10,000 for the RNLI in less that 4 years, despite having suffered ill health and further family loss during this time.

Steve would be very proud to know that through this money, his tireless enthusiasm, good humour, energy and heart felt campaigning, the RNLI will help prevent other families from having to go through the tragedy of losing a loved one at sea.

Our hearts go out to Nikki, Emma and the rest of their family at this very sad time.

Added by: Tamsin Davies on 14 May 2010.

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