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Whitby lifeboat station gears up for Tour de Yorkshire

Lifeboats News Release

Whitby’s RNLI crew welcomed the official Tour de Yorkshire trophy to the North Yorkshire coast today. Members of the public were invited to view the Y-shaped trophy at the station before it makes its journey to the race’s final finishing locations.

The RNLI is the official charity of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire. The crew will be taking George and Mary Webb, the all weather lifeboat into the harbour to greet the cyclists as they pass Whitby’s iconic swing bridge on Sunday 1 May.

Mike Russell, RNLI Coxswain for Whitby’s Lifeboat, says: ‘We were ecstatic to welcome the trophy to Whitby. We are honoured to be the chosen charity for this year’s event and can’t wait to see the cyclists on the day.'

The Tour de Yorkshire begins on Friday 29 April in Beverley and ends on Sunday 1 May in Scarborough, covering 320 miles and passing through 44 towns and villages as well as some of Yorkshire’s most stunning countryside. The event takes place at the same time as Mayday, the charity’s national fundraising campaign.

The lifesaving charity is recruiting volunteer collectors to raise funds along the route of the three-day bike race, as well as volunteer coordinators who will help organise the fundraising activity at the event.

All volunteers will receive training and support from the RNLI to help them in their role, as well as the opportunity to get involved in one of the most exciting sporting events of the year.

All funds raised for Mayday through the Tour de Yorkshire partnership will be used to support the RNLI’s lifesaving service in Yorkshire.

For more information, email or call 0300 300 9908.

RNLI Picture caption

Whitby RNLI Station Mechanic Richard Dowson (left) and Coxswain Mike Russell (right) hold the Tour de Yorkshire trophy with crew members Jamie White and Steve Boocock on board George and Mary Webb, at Whitby lifeboat station. Credit: RNLI.

Notes to editors
Tour de Yorkshire is a Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY) / Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) race in association with British Cycling which holds a 2.1 European Tour UCI Classification.

The Tour de Yorkshire is an annual international race with a new route through Yorkshire each year. It forms part of the legacy of the historic Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014, along with the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries which aim to offer every child in Yorkshire access to a bike.

Media contacts
For more information please contact Ceri Oakes, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07813359428 or at or Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager, North, on 07786 668912 or at Or Clare Hopps, RNLI Public Relations Officer, North, on 07824 518641 or at


Key facts about the RNLI

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, Carrybridge 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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