Every day is Mayday for us

It could be any day. A birthday, a work day, even Christmas Day. When a mayday call comes in, our volunteer lifeboat crews drop everything to save lives at sea.  They depend on their kit to help them save lives – and to bring them home safely. This May, we’re asking you to help kit out these courageous volunteers.

By getting involved in Mayday you can be a lifesaver too.

RNLI yellow wellies inside the crew kit room at Rhyl Lifeboat Station.

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Yellow wellies inside the crew kit room at Rhyl Lifeboat Station.

One important piece of kit you’ll be helping fund is the crews’ yellow wellies. Mayday fundraisers around the UK and Ireland are taking inspiration from this fun but practical footwear. And from wearing wellies to work to baking up some boot-shaped biscuits, there are so many ways you can get involved.

* Any funds raised over and above our target will go towards funding our lifesaving work around UK and Ireland.

Our target will pay for...

117 Full crew kits

3,496 Pairs of wellies

9,375 Pairs of gloves

409 Lifejackets

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RNLI yellow wellies inside the crew kit room at Newcastle Lifeboat Station.
Why kit matters
Boots, lifejackets, gloves, helmets … the right kit saves lives. 
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Cupcakes with swirly icing arranged round a small image of an RNLI welly, for a fundraising bake sale event.
Fundraising ideas
Wear your wellies, bake some cakes … some ideas to get your fundraising going.
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