Pipe band tune up in support of the RNLI’s yellow wellies fundraising campaign
The Ballater and District Pipe Band marched in front of Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the Royal Family, where they often perform for the public.
But this time they tried on the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies which keep the charity’s volunteers safe and steady on stormy seas. The footwear, worn by generations of crews to grip the deck in slippery conditions, have reinforced toecaps to protect the crews’ feet.
Band members ranging from 83-year-old Alistair Skene to newcomer nine-year-old Sophie Cooper were delighted to show their support for the charity’s annual Mayday fundraising campaign.
Drum Major Ian Esson comments: ‘I’m really pleased to be supporting the RNLI by swapping my usual foot wear for a pair of wellies. The RNLI’s volunteers couldn’t save lives at sea without their yellow wellies and the rest of their lifesaving kit. So, I’d encourage everyone to visit RNLI.org/Mayday to see how they can support the RNLI’s Mayday campaign.’
The RNLI’s Aberdeen inshore lifeboat played a major role in helping the Ballater community after flooding in a storm in December 2015 when RNLI volunteers brought rocket-powered line throwers to enable strengthened new overhead lines to be strung across the River Dee by engineers.
Mayday distress calls can come in any time, day or night, 365 days a year, with 4,700 volunteer crew members from 238 lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland on standby to drop everything in an instant to save lives at sea.
Anne Scott, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for the Aberdeen area, said: ‘Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives at sea. From sponsored bike rides and welly walks, to running a bake sale, there are all sorts of ways to raise money for the RNLI this Mayday. Visit RNLI.org/Mayday to download a fundraising pack and see how you can do your bit to fund our kit.’
The RNLI’s Mayday campaign runs throughout May and aims to raise £750,000 to fund lifesaving kit for the charity’s brave volunteer crews. A crew member’s yellow wellies cost £54 a pair, a lifejacket costs £458 and a safety helmet costs £263.
Anne continued: ‘In 2016 RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,851 times, rescuing 8,643 people and saving 431 lives. Scotland’s coast is long, varied and beautiful but not everyone is aware of the dangers the sea can bring. They may not be aware of the efforts the RNLI and its army of volunteers go to in order to keep the public safe around our coasts.’
Mayday fundraising events are taking place across Scotland, many with a yellow welly theme. To find a Mayday event near you, or to download a fundraising pack, visit RNLI.org/Mayday.
Our target will pay for...
117 Full crew kits
3,496 Pairs of wellies
9,375 Pairs of gloves