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South Wales: Let’s Push The Boat Out for the RNLI!

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI are calling on the public to Push The Boat Out on Saturday 13 May by supporting the charity’s national annual fundraising event – Mayday.

RNLI arancia lifeboat

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Arancia lifeboat

The RNLI have set a challenge for supporters to push and Arancia lifeboat around Cardiff’s International Sport Stadium for 12 hours on Saturday 13 May. This is the first challenge of its kind set by the RNLI in Wales as the charity aims to raise £750,000 throughout the month of May to help kit the volunteer lifeboat crews across the coast.

Teamwork is vital for lifeboats crews and lifeguards. The fundraising event requires teams of 4-8 people to work together and support each other as they push the inshore lifeboat around the athletics track. One hour timeslots are available to book between 8am-8pm; these will be allocated at random 48 hours before the event.

The RNLI is asking people to ‘do your bit, fund our kit’ this Mayday and anyone who wishes to get involved in Push the Boat Out can sign up at

£25 per person will be required by each team member to register as well as a request to raise a minimum of £25 per person in sponsorship for their efforts. The money raised from the exciting new event will help fund lifesaving kit for RNLI volunteers who risk their lives to save those in trouble at sea.

Jen Abell, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said:

‘Teamwork is vital for our volunteer lifeboat crews as they work together to save lives at sea. Push the Boat Out is a great opportunity for community groups, corporate companies or friends and family to test their teamwork as they push an Arancia lifeboat – like the ones used by the RNLI’s lifeguards – around the track.

‘Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews in Wales launched 1,185 times, rescuing 1,162 people and saved 73 lives. 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. The Mayday campaign is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our lifesaving service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.’

RNLI media contact

For more information contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email

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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland