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Stormy Stan helps Filey RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Stormy Stan took time out of his busy schedule on Saturday 13th May to assist Filey Lifeboat Crew deliver a yellow welly from Filey to Flamborough Lifeboat Station as part of the RNLI welly challenge.

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Stormy Stan setting off from Filey

Accompanied by crew members Vanessa Thomas, Paul Taylor and Fraser Haddington, Stormy Stan made his way by mobility scooter calling in at Haven Group Holiday Centres at Primrose Valley, Reighton and Thornwick Bay, along the way. He also met up with Dolly the lifeguard who also helped him raise funds.

The RNLI’s Mayday campaign began on Monday 1 May and will run for the whole month, with fundraising events taking place across the UK and Ireland. This year, the RNLI hopes to raise £750,000 through Mayday, which will be used to fund essential kit for the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews.

The relay aims to raise funds for the RNLI’s Mayday campaign; the national target is £750,000.
Crews at eight Yorkshire lifeboat stations have been challenged to come up with innovative ways of conveying the welly from Staithes in the north to Spurn Point in the south, this month.

Barry Robson, Filey Lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic, who was at Coble Landing, Filey to see Stormy Stan set off said: “ Having the correct kit is vital for the crew here at Filey both for our all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat teams. Any money given goes a long way to help us reach our target and I would like to thank everyone who has supported us en-route. Special thanks must go to Stormy Stan, Dolly and the crew who spent time raising money for Filey RNLI.”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

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Stormy Stan and crew member Fraser Haddington at Primrose Valley

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Stormy Stan and crew member Fraser Haddington at Reighton Sands

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Stormy Stan with crew member Fraser Haddington at Thornwick Bay

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Stormy Stan hands over the welly at South Landing Flamborough

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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.

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