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RNLI Mayday 2015

Yellow wellies for Mayday 2015 photo credit Nigel Millard

In 2014, the RNLI rescued an average of 24 people every day and that wouldn’t be possible without you. Your support helps us bring people back to their families.

We would like to give a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who gave their time to help with the various Mayday events that happened all over the UK and Ireland.

You gave it some welly! 

Thousands of our volunteers and supporters went the extra mile to answer our Mayday call.

They braved the weather with collections and fun days, poured hundreds of cups of tea to support our crews and took urban knitting to a new level using the iconic yellow welly. They raised over £510,000 to help save lives at sea – an amazing total.

Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon wearing their yellow Mayday welliesThey did too!

We even had the support of some high profile celebrities. Entrepreneur and Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson, television and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary, five-time Olympic rowing gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, the most successful sailor in Olympic history Sir Ben Ainslie, radio presenters Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry, and TV presenter and author Fern Britton all donned yellow wellies in support of Mayday.

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We depend on public donations to rescue people in danger. From essential kit to crew training and fuel for our lifeboats, your generosity keeps our lifeboat crews ready for emergencies 24 hours a day.

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Ready to pay in your fundraising money?

You’re a lifesaver! If you’ve finished your fundraising efforts, you can send us the total when you’ve collected it. Your support really will make a difference for our crews.

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  • Nigel Rollo on Arklow beach for Mayday 2015

    Nigel and Andrew Rollo

    Nigel and his son Andrew were on a support boat for the Celtic Challenge in 2013. Their yacht ran into trouble 4 miles off the coast and the situation deteriorated rapidly. The lifeboat arrived and got Nigel and his son home safely.

  • Russell Shaw, Eddie Elligot and Easy the dog

    Russell Shaw and Eddie McElligott

    Russell Shaw will never forget the day he almost lost his two best friends, Eddie McElligott and Easy the dog. Eddie was walking Easy when he lost his footing and fell into the icy Thames. The Chiswick lifeboat crew acted swiftly and prevented a tragedy.

  • RNLI Fundraisers Dave, Dave and Paul on Pendle Hill Mayday 2015

    Dave Hursthouse

    Dave was rescued by RNLI lifeboat crew members in 2007. He had a sailing accident and was knocked overboard by the boom. The quick responses of the crew inspired Dave and his friends, Dave and Paul, to fundraise for the RNLI.

  • Louisa and Peter in Staithes

    Louisa and Peter

    Louisa and Peter were on holiday together in Staithes, North Yorkshire. While the couple were enjoying a walk along the pier, a wave dragged them into the sea. They were in trouble, but our crew members were quick to respond and pulled them to safety.