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Get your ducks in a row and have fun with the RNLI in Buxton

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is hoping that people will go ‘quackers’ and take part in their Duck Race during Buxton Spring Fair at the Pavilion Gardens on Monday 2 May.

The Duck Race is part of the RNLI’s national annual fundraising event ‘Mayday’ which is taking place between 26 April and 2 May.

In 2015 the RNLI saved 348 lives and Mayday events mean that the charity can continue this lifesaving work. Every penny raised enables its volunteer crews, lifeguards and flood rescue team to provide a vital lifeline to help keep people safe in and around water.

The Buxton Spring Fair is open between 10am and 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May) and the RNLI’s Duck Race will take place towards the end of the day.

Each Duck costs £1 and the winning duck’s owner will receive a cash prize. Tickets for the ducks will be on sale throughout the day at the RNLI stall near the river.

People are also encouraged to pop along and say “hello” to RNLI mascot Stormy Stan.

Sophie Wood, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, said: ‘It promises to be an exciting event for the whole family. It’s a real thrill for children and parents to see their duck whizzing down the Buxton Pavilion Gardens River and anticipating if it could win.

‘The event is a lovely way to have some fun whilst helping to raise vital funds for our charity - you really would be ‘quackers’ to miss it!’

For more information on how to get involved, to make a donation or to see what’s happening locally, please visit:

You can also show your support on social media using the hashtag: #MaydayEveryday

Photo caption
RNLI ducks. Credit: RNLI.

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For more information, please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer, North, on 07824 518641 /


Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland