Communities come together to support local RNLI crews this Mayday

Lifeboats News Release

Communities across the country are showing their support towards their local lifeboat crews this May as people of all ages join together to help save lives at sea.

Anglesey choir, Côr Meibion y Foel, turned up to rehearsals this week wearing their wellies to show their support of the volunteer crews across the island. As a choir they are very aware of the charity’s work; fellow choir member John Williams volunteer’s with Beaumaris RNLI as he's one of the team responsible for launching the lifeboat when the pager sounds.

The RNLI are in the middle of their national fundraising campaign - Mayday - as the charity aims to raise £750,000 to help fund vital kit for lifeboat crews across the country throughout the month of May. There’s still time for communities to support the fundraising campaign with various events still to be held across North Wales.

This Sunday (21 May) families are invited to take part in the Big Mayday Dip at Surf Snowdonia by running into the surf lagoon dressed as their favourite legend. The event starts from 9:30am and signups are available on the day. For more information or to sign up in advance go to:

Rhyl RNLI fundraising team are holding a Duckboat Race at Dyserth Waterfalls on Bank Holiday Monday (29 May). The family fun day, which includes stalls and activities, starts from 12pm and everyone is invited to join in the fun.

Deborah Mahon, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, said: ‘RNLI volunteer crew members are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. The lifeboat kit that the RNLI give to the crews is absolutely vital when they’re out in all weathers saving lives at sea.

‘Last year, RNLI crews launched 8,851 times and saved 431 lives. The Mayday campaign is our own call for help and we’re asking people to do their bit to fund our kit throughout May.’

There’s still time to organise your own event. Why not take a look at the RNLI’s website to see how you can get involved in the fun.

Notes to editor

  • Attached is a video of Côr Meibion y Foel (Male Voice Choir) signing Home from the Sea during their weekly rehearsals in support of the RNLI.

  • Photos: Cor Meibion y Foel (Male Voice Choir) support their fellow choir member, Beaumaris RNLI volunteer John Williams, by turning up to practice in their wellies.

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Y Foel Male Voice Choir turn up to rehersals in their wellies in support of RNLI Mayday.

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Cor Meibion y Foel support RNLI Mayday
Cor Meibion y Foel (Male Voice Choir) support the RNLI's 2017 Mayday campaign,

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Cor Meibion y Foel support RNLI Mayday

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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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