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Vital funds raised as RNLI’s Mayday call is answered at Penarth

Lifeboats News Release

Following a fundraising coffee morning, almost £500 has been raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The event, which took place at All Saints Hall on Saturday 30 April, was run as part of Mayday, the RNLI’s national annual fundraising campaign.

Liz schroeter, of the Penarth RNLI Fundraising Committee, said:

‘I’d like to thank everyone who came and supported the coffee morning by baking cakes, attending the event and those who donated raffle prizes too. We all had great fun and the funds raised will help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea.

‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. Mayday is the RNLI’s own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to continue our lifesaving service, which we operate day and night, 365 days a year.’

For those unable to attend the coffee morning there is still chance to help with Penarth’s Mayday call.

On Sunday 8 May the Committee hosts a 5km (3 mile) walk around Penarth.  Last year’s event was very popular, and saw many adults, children and dogs take part in a really fun activity, helping us all to keep fit and raise funds at the same time.

It costs £5 per adult to take part in the walk, accompanied children are free, and the walk starts and finishes at Penarth Lifeboat Station, meet at 9am for a 9.30am start. There will be free tea and coffee at the station for all participants after the walk and a chance to see the RNLI's lifeboats and meet volunteer crew members.

Many of the Mayday fundraising events that have taken place across the country have had 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.

Money raised through the Mayday campaign – which ran from Tuesday 26 April to Monday 2 May – will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work. It could be used to fund crew training, contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station or buy new crew kit like the yellow wellies.

There is still time to support Mayday. Visit RNLI.org/Mayday to donate or text MAYDAY to 70300 to donate £3*.

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.

* Texts cost £3 + standard network rate. Please ensure you have the bill payer’s permission. The RNLI will receive £3.

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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 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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