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Are you ready to give it some welly and answer Larne RNLI’s Mayday call?

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI is calling on the people of Larne to support their brave volunteer lifeboat crews as Mayday, the charity’s national annual fundraising campaign, is launched.


Beginning on Monday 1 May – the May Day bank holiday – and running for the whole month of May, the RNLI’s Mayday campaign is calling on people to ‘do their bit, fund our kit’ with the lifesaving charity hoping to raise £750,000 across the UK and Ireland to fund the crucial kit volunteer crews rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies.

Larne RNLI is running a family favourite, the Duck Derby, on Saturday 13 May 12noon at the Inver Bridge. Hundreds of ducks will be launched down the river in a bid to win the race. If you want to get involved why not sponsor a duck for £1 and cheer your duck down the Inver river rapids!

The 2017 duck derby is a little different as Hastings Hotel ducks will be accompanying RNLI ducks and Larne RNLI is excited to announce the top prize is an overnight stay in Ballygally Castle Hotel which has kindly been donated by their friends at Hastings Hotels.

Thanks to the generous support from local businesses other prizes include a Facial at Eleganze Hair and Beauty, an Inver Garden Centre Voucher, Forever Living products, a prize from McFarlanes and fun children’s’ prizes! You can sponsor a duck on race day or Larne RNLI volunteers will be in Murrayfield Arcade on the 3-5 May from 10am-4pm.

Another Mayday fundraising event is The Great Northern Retros Run, leaving Larne on Saturday 27 May. The convoy will be travelling via Malin Head to Culdaff for camping and a BBQ. Seeing the array of retro vehicles driving up the Antrim Coast is a sight to behold but not only that, this is the second year running that the Northern Retros organise this event to raise money for the RNLI.

Allan Dorman, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Larne RNLI, said: ‘Our volunteer crew members are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers are activated. Our lifeboat crew kit is absolutely vital when we’re out in all weathers saving lives. The continued support from the public and local businesses in Larne helps to ensure our crews are prepared for the harshest conditions.’

With 4,800 volunteer lifeboat crew members providing a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts, money raised through Mayday will help kit out RNLI crews. It costs £1,593 to provide an all-weather lifeboat crew member and £1,881 for an inshore lifeboat crew member with all of the vital kit they need during a rescue.

Anyone who wants to get involved should visit for more information on local fundraising events or register for a free Mayday pack.


RNLI media contacts

For information please contact Fiona Kirkpatrick Larne RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 077 3805 9405 email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 87 1254 124 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 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