The RNLI's Mayday Yellow Welly Relay reaches Weymouth
Nationally May is the main fundraising month for the RNLI under the banner of Mayday (the distress call at sea).
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.
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.