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RNLI Mayday heroes make a splash at Surf Snowdonia

Lifeboats News Release

Local legends Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Captain America answered the RNLI’s Mayday call for help and raise over £500 at the charity’s Big Mayday Dip at Surf Snowdonia.

Superheroes raising money for the RNLI's Mayday campaign at Surf Snowdonia

Stewart Mackellar Photography

Superheroes raising money for the RNLI's Mayday campaign at Surf Snowdonia

The RNLI asked supporters to join them at Surf Snowdonia dressed as their favourite legend and take part in the first ever inland Big Mayday Dip to support the charity’s national fundraising campaign and raise funds to buy kit for volunteer lifeboat crew members by ‘dipping’ into the surf lagoon on Sunday morning (21 May).

The RNLI’s Mayday campaign began on Monday 1 May and runs 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.

Deb Mahon, Community Fundraising Manager said: ‘We were delighted that so many families came to support the Big Mayday Dip at Surf Snowdonia not only to help raise funds for the RNLI but also to learn more about water safety. Seeing families dressed as their favourite legend and getting into the spirit of Mayday is fantastic and once again the people of north Wales have truly embraced the spirit of fundraising in aid of the RNLI. We are delighted that Surf Snowdonia helped bring this event to north Wales and both partners share the ethos that water safety is the number one priority’.

Nikki Jones, Surf Snowdonia’s Events Co-ordinator said ‘We were thrilled to work with the RNLI and help host their first ever inland dip! We feel very strongly about water safety and know the importance of educating people so our partnership worked well. We look forward to working with the RNLI again and seeing this event grow.’

The RNLI is asking people to ‘do your bit, fund our kit’ this Mayday and anyone who wishes to get involved with the Mayday in the future can contact the RNLI on fundraising@rnli.org.uk

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.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews in Wales launched 1,185 times, rescuing 1,162 people and saved 73 lives.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures, which should be credited to Stewart Mackellar Photography, show:

- Superheroes raising money for the RNLI's Mayday campaign at Surf Snowdonia

- Susan Davidson as Lady Gaga and RNLI mascot Stormy Stan mingling with the Surf Snowdonia surfers

- Tudur Roberts with youngsters Shona and Mia braving the waters in full costume

- Even the youngest fundraisers got into the spirit of the occasion

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI PR Manager on 01745 585162 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Susan Davidson as Lady Gaga and RNLI mascot Stormy Stan mingling with the Surf Snowdonia surfers

Stewart Mackellar Photography

Susan Davidson as Lady Gaga and RNLI mascot Stormy Stan mingling with the Surf Snowdonia surfers
Tudur Roberts with youngsters Shona and Mia braving the waters in full costume

Stewart Mackellar Photography

Tudur Roberts with youngsters Shona and Mia braving the waters in full costume
Even the youngest fundraisers got into the spirit of the occasion

Stewart Mackellar Photography

Even the youngest fundraisers got into the spirit of the occasion

Key facts about the RNLI

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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland