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The RNLI's Mayday Yellow Welly Relay reaches Weymouth

Lifeboats News Release

Nationally May is the main fundraising month for the RNLI under the banner of Mayday (the distress call at sea).


Weymouth inshore lifeboat met the Pelican out in Weymouth Bay

A major fundraising event currently taking place is the Yellow Welly Relay; a yellow welly that is worn by lifeboat crews is making its way from Portishead to Harwich stopping at all the 65 lifeboat stations on route, the manner of transfer is up to each station but is encouraged to be as varied as possible.

On Saturday 13 May the welly was passed from Lyme Regis to Weymouth via Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat onto the tall ship Pelican of London off of Portland Bill. Weymouth inshore lifeboat met the Pelican out in Weymouth Bay and brought the welly into harbour and on to the all-weather lifeboat.

Beach lifeguards then took it to the beach and back onto the Pelican where the 1st and 5th Brownies Groups saw the welly and learnt more about the RNLI. On Sunday 14 May five volunteer crew from Weymouth lifeboat along with a couple of supporters left Weymouth lifeboat station on push bikes for the 30 mile journey to Swanage.

RNLI/Ken Francis

The yellow welly relay reaches Weymouth

RNLI/Ken Francis

The 1st and 5th Weymouth Brownies supporting the RNLI's Mayday campaign

RNLI/Ken Francis

The Yellow Welly Relay reaches Weymouth

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth supports the RNLI's Mayday campaign

RNLI/Ken Francis

The Yellow Welly Relay leaves Weymouth

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