Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Tower of Refuge walk raises £3,000 for RNLI

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Media captionMore than 3,000 people took part in a guided walk to the Tower of Refuge

A guided walk to the Tower of Refuge in the Isle of Man has raised more than £3,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, organisers have said.

More than 3,400 people walked to the Douglas landmark last week which can only be reached on foot during certain tidal conditions.

Organiser Michelle O'Malley said the tower "exerts a special fascination and inspires tremendous curiosity."

She also thanked everyone who made donations to the RNLI.

The tower, built on Conister Rock in Douglas in 1832, was the idea of Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI.

It was designed as a shelter for the crews of vessels that were wrecked on the nearby reef.

Sir William Hillary, who launched an appeal in 1824 which led to the foundation of the RNLI, was a member of the Douglas lifeboat crew.

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