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London’s first family-friendly aqua obstacle event makes a splash!

Lifeboats News Release

Thousands of families enjoyed SPLASH FEST in Battersea Park today (Sunday 7 August).

Organised by lifesaving charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the event saw the park transformed into London’s first family-friendly aqua obstacle course, featuring five zones of water-themed challenges and games over a 2.5km trail – as well as a lively event village.

 

Families conquered slides, foam, water spouts and more! At Crazy Canyon there was a series of inflatable pools to cross, using a combination of fun floating devices, plus a giant inflatable water slide; at Splash ‘n’ Shoot participants navigated a giant boat before taking aim at floating targets on the lake; in Wild Wild Waters, they dodged geyser-spouting waters; Slip-Slide Stream featured the slipperiest toboggan-style water slides, from fast and foamy to more sedate and slippy, and finally at Bubbly Brook giant bubbles, a maze, music and a bandstand were marooned in a sea of foam.

 

The event village the Splash Out Zone was another highlight, with entertainment, food and drink, and of course a drying-off area, as well as plenty of ways to find out more about the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

Lauren Pincott, from event organisers the RNLI, says:

‘Splash Fest has been a first for London and a first for the RNLI, and we’re so pleased to say it has been a huge success! In just one day, thousands of people have had a great family day out, conquering fantastic, fun, water-based obstacles and then chilling out the event village to dry off, soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy some games and entertainment.

‘We hope everyone who joined us has gone home with some great memories and has also found out a bit more about the lifesaving work of the RNLI and picked up some top tips for staying safe around water this summer.’

In London, the charity provides a search and rescue service to any point within the tidal reaches of the River Thames. There are three London lifeboat stations, namely Tower, Chiswick and Teddington. Most of the RNLI’s lifeboats at its 237 stations around the UK and Ireland are operated by volunteers but, at Tower and Chiswick, full-time lifeboat crews work 12-hour shifts to ensure this on-call commitment on the River Thames in the heart of the capital. They are backed up by many volunteers. There are over 150 dedicated crew members on the Thames, ready to serve London 24 hours a day, every day.

Splash Fest is organised by the RNLI. Any profits will help support the charity’s lifesaving work. Anyone interested in attending Splash Fest 2017 can register their interest at splashfest.co.uk.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

·         Photos from the day are attached. Please credit RNLI/Dale Harper. The images can be downloaded from RNLI.org/news.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

·         For more information please contact Laura Haslam on Laura_Haslam@rnli.org.uk / 01202 663181 or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 / pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

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 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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

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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