Flamborough RNLI complete their leg of the Mayday Welly Relay
Flamborough RNLI crew members visited a local primary school last Friday (19 May) and walked to Bridlington lifeboat station last Saturday (20 May) as they transported this year’s Mayday ‘Relay Welly’ on its trip down the east coast to Bridlington lifeboat station.
On Friday, Flamborough Primary School held a non-uniform day and were treated to a visit from some of the crew members and the RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan, with all proceeds from the non-uniform going to the Mayday campaign.
On Saturday, the crew and supporters began their journey in the morning at the boathouse at South Landing as they ventured their way into the centre of the village with the yellow welly strapped to a stretcher on the back of a Morris Minor. After taking the Mayday Welly around various businesses in Flamborough, collecting donations for the campaign along the way.
With a quick stop at the Ship Inn Sewerby, the yellow welly continued its journey along the cliff top and towards the lifeboat station at Bridlington where it was handed over to the crew at Bridlington RNLI at 1pm. Along the way Flamborough RNLI crew and supporters managed to raise £325 towards this year’s Mayday campaign.
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 brave volunteer lifeboat crews.
David Freeman, Flamborough RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. The Mayday campaign is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our lifesaving service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.’
Money raised through Mayday fundraising events will help kit out RNLI lifeboat crews so they’re ready to face the harshest conditions at sea, with it costing £1,593 to provide an all-weather lifeboat crew member with all of the vital kit they need during a rescue.
The RNLI is asking people to ‘do your bit, fund our kit’ this Mayday and anyone who wishes to get involved should visit RNLI.org/Mayday to register for a free Mayday pack. The pack provides fundraising ideas, such as wearing wellies to work, doing a sponsored welly walk or cycle ride, or holding a bake sale.
The charity is also encouraging people to show their support, and join the conversation, by using the hashtag #MaydayEveryDay, donating online or buying a yellow welly pin badge to show their support.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its 4,700 volunteer lifeboat crew members provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.
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Notes to editors
• Flamborough Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1871.
• To learn more about the Flamborough Lifeboat go to www.rnli.org.uk
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.