Bublé band kit up to support RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Ilfracombe RNLI crew member Mark Weeks and his touring Michael Bublé theatre show this weekend swapped their formal footwear for something a bit more yellow.

When Mark isn't dressed in full RNLI kit, he tours the UK as Ultimate Bublé. But on Saturday, to raise awareness for the RNLI's Mayday campaign, Mark and his band wore the famous yellow wellies.

‘The vital work of the RNLI relies on donations from the public. We are proud to support the RNLI in promoting their Mayday campaign this year’ said Mark.
Many of the Mayday fundraising events will have a yellow welly theme, in a nod to the essential kit that the RNLI’s lifeboat crew members wear on their feet when they go out to sea to save lives.
The charity is encouraging people to show their support by using the hashtag #MaydayEveryday on social media, buying and wearing a Mayday yellow welly pin badge, hosting or supporting a fundraising event or donating online.
Visit RNLI.org/Mayday to donate, to order a pin badge or to see what other ways you can support the RNLI’s Mayday campaign. Alternatively, text MAYDAY to 70300 to donate £3*.
Money raised through Mayday fundraising events will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work – it could be used to fund crew training, buy new crew kit, or contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station.
The RNLI operates 237 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,228 times, rescuing 7,973 people and saving 348 lives.

RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact Jane Perrin, Ilfracombe RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07980 707515 / jane@janeperrinphotography.co.uk or Howard Thomson, Ilfracombe RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07808 166473 / rnli@howardthomson.co.uk.


Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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