RNLI Mayday Yellow Welly Relay Is Off!

Lifeboats News Release

Portishead had the honour of starting the 31 day Mayday Yellow Welly Relay on Sunday 30th April at 10am.

RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson (right) handing over the Mayday Yellow Welly to Simon Perks

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson (right) handing over the Mayday Yellow Welly to Simon Perks

The RNLI volunteers around the South West, South and South East coast are planning their route for the iconic Yellow Welly, where it will end its journey on 31st May in Harwich. During its tour the Yellow Welly will visit 65 different Lifeboat Stations, raising money and awareness for the charity that saves lives at sea.

RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson, was visiting the Station and handed over the Welly to the volunteers who were quick to get things off to a start. The crew, fundraisers, shop and education volunteers strode out around Portishead Quay Marina with their families and even some of their dogs, where they were given donations on the way.

A run was next with Simon Perks, Portishead Fundraising co-ordinator, he left the Station with 2 of our shop volunteers who also walked the route to Clevedon. On his arrival to Clevedon Pier he was met by the wonderful volunteers on the world famous Landmark who offered the first pit stop. A quick visit to see the lovely International Award-winning local artist Michelle Lucking, who is showing her work there for Arts Week.

It was a quick hand over to our local Portishead Coastguard Barry Darbon who kindly offered his help with the next leg of the journey. He took charge of the very glitzy yellow welly and strapped it to his stunning yellow Harley Davidson for a road trip to Weston super Mare. Arriving at the Lifeboat Station in Weston at 4pm the Mayday Yellow Welly was handed over to the awaiting crew volunteers for the next stage of the relay.

If you would like to track the Mayday Yellow Welly Relay, it has its very own dedicated Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RNLIMaydayWellyRelay Plus you can Support the event at www.justgiving.com/maydaywellyrelay

RNLI notes to editors

All pictures are ©RNLI Portishead

  1. RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson (right) handing over the Mayday Yellow Welly to Simon Perks
  2. Volunteers set off around Portishead Quay Marina
  3. Simon arrives at Clevedon Pier with the Yellow Welly
  4. Michelle Lucking – International Award Winning Artist
  5. Barry getting ready on his yellow Harley Davidson
  6. Arriving at RNLI Weston to hand over to the crew
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Volunteers set off around Portishead Quay Marina

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Volunteers set off around Portishead Quay Marina
Simon (centre back) arrives at Clevedon Pier with the Yellow Welly

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Simon (centre back) arrives at Clevedon Pier with the Yellow Welly
Michelle Lucking – International, Award Winning Artist

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Michelle Lucking – International, Award Winning Artist
Barry getting ready on his yellow Harley Davidson

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Barry getting ready on his yellow Harley Davidson
Arriving at RNLI Weston to hand over to the crew

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Arriving at RNLI Weston to hand over to the crew

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 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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