Weymouth’s Jurassic Skyline lights up yellow to support RNLI’s Mayday campaign

Lifeboats News Release

One of Dorset’s most celebrated landmarks lit up yellow last night (Tuesday May 16) as a badge of support for Mayday, the RNLI’s annual national fundraiser, which is calling on people to ‘Do your bit, fund our kit’.

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The Jurassic Skyline was turned yellow in support of the RNLI's Mayday campaign

The bad weather didn't dampen spirits and the tower turned yellow as planned to raise awareness for the RNLI campaign.

Through Mayday, the lifesaving charity is raising funds for the crucial kit that brave volunteer crew members rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies.

Raquel Cubillo, Marketing Manager at Merlin Entertainments said: ‘We are delighted to support this year’s Mayday campaign by turning the Jurassic Skyline yellow. Helping to raise awareness and funds to help the RNLI kit out their courageous volunteers is a worthy cause, and one that is particularly appropriate for us given our location in Weymouth.’

Mayday distress calls can come in any time, day or night, 365 days a year, with 4,800 volunteer crew members from 238 lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland on standby to drop everything in an instant to save lives. Last year (2016) Weymouth Lifeboat Station was the 20th busiest station across the UK and Ireland.

Carolyn Field, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for Weymouth said:Our lifeboat crews in Weymouth launched 79 times during 2016, rescuing 99 people. Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives. From sponsored bike rides and welly walks, to running a bake sale, there are all sorts of ways to raise money for the RNLI during this Mayday Campaign, which is running for the whole of this month.

Visit RNLI.org/Mayday to register for a free fundraising pack and see how you can do your bit to fund our kit.’

The RNLI’s Mayday campaign runs throughout the month of May and aims to raise £750,000 to fund lifesaving kit for the charity’s brave volunteer crews. A crew member’s yellow wellies cost £54 a pair, a lifejacket costs £458 and a safety helmet costs £263.

Mayday fundraising events are taking place right across the UK and Ireland, many with a yellow welly theme. To find a Mayday event near you, or to register for a free fundraising pack, visit RNLI.org/Mayday

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MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season).

Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, DreamWorks Tours SHREK’s Adventure, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK. All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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Merlin Entertainments is supporting the RNLI's Mayday campaign

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Bad weather didn't stop the Jurassic Skyline turning yellow in support of the RNLI

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