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Vital funds raised as RNLI’s Mayday call is answered in Penarth

Lifeboats News Release

Following a 5km walk around Penarth, over £400 has been raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The event, which started at Penarth RNLI station on Sunday 8 May 2016, was run as part of Mayday, the RNLI’s national annual fundraising campaign.

Caroline Eva, of the RNLI Penarth Fundraising Committee, who organised the event said:

‘I’d like to thank everyone who came and supported the walk, and to Tesco Penarth who supplied bottled water to keep us refreshed.  We all had great fun and the funds raised will help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea. We also ran a very successful coffee morning and have been busy selling our yellow welly badges as part of Mayday fundraising.

‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. Mayday is the RNLI’s own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to continue our lifesaving service, which we operate day and night, 365 days a year.’

Many of the Mayday fundraising events that have taken place across the country have had a yellow welly theme, in a nod to the essential kit that the RNLI’s lifeboat crew members wear on their feet when they go out to sea to save lives.

Money raised through the Mayday campaign – which ran from Tuesday 26 April to Monday 2 May – will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work. It could be used to fund crew training, contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station or buy new crew kit like the yellow wellies.

There is still time to support Mayday. Visit RNLI.org/Mayday to donate or text MAYDAY to 70300 to donate £3*.

The RNLI operates 237 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,228 times, rescuing 7,973 people and saving 348 lives.

* Texts cost £3 + standard network rate. Please ensure you have the bill payer’s permission. The RNLI will receive £3.

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