Are you ready to give it some welly and answer the RNLI’s Mayday call?
The RNLI is calling on people across the South West to support their brave volunteer lifeboat crews as Mayday, the charity’s national annual fundraising campaign, is launched.
Beginning on Monday 1 May – the May Day bank holiday – and running for the whole month of May, the RNLI’s Mayday campaign is calling on people to ‘do their bit, fund our kit’ with the lifesaving charity hoping to raise £750,000 to fund the crucial kit volunteer crews rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies.
As part of the fundraising events RNLI crews and volunteers are preparing to hold a Station to Station Yellow Welly Relay. Starting in Portishead a yellow welly will be transported around the entire South West coast in many different ways before finishing at Harwich on the South East coast.
Local crews are making their own arrangements for how the welly will be transported to their neighbouring crew. They are already coming up with creative ideas to make their local handover stand out. The welly will be transported through Clovelly village on a sledge on Thursday May 4th and then from Port Isaac to Newquay by rib the following day.
The RNLI Mayday Welly Relay team will keep you updated on the event and what is going to be happening in your area!
Michael England, Padstow RNLI mechanic and Deputy Second Coxswain, said: ‘RNLI volunteer crew members are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. Our lifeboat crew kit is absolutely vital when we’re out in all weathers saving lives at sea.
‘Last year, RNLI crews launched 8,851 times and saved 431 lives. The Mayday campaign is our own call for help and we’re asking people to do their bit to fund our kit throughout May.
‘There are all sorts of ways to raise money for Mayday. From wearing wellies to work or doing a sponsored welly walk, to holding a bake sale or doing a sponsored cycle ride. Anyone can register for a free fundraising pack by visiting RNLI.org/Mayday.’
With 4,800 volunteer lifeboat crew members providing a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts, money raised through Mayday will help kit out RNLI crews so they’re ready to face the harshest conditions at sea. It costs £1,593 to provide an all-weather [LB1] lifeboat crew member with all of the vital kit they need during a rescue.
Anyone who wants to get involved should visit RNLI.org/Mayday to register for a free Mayday pack. The webpage also contains some great fundraising ideas and provides a list of Mayday fundraising events taking place – many of which have a yellow welly theme.
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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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