Mayday charity hill walk in aid of Troon lifeboat
On Sunday 6 May 2018, Katie McNeil, daughter of Troon lifeboat crew member Colin McNeil successfully completed a sponsored hill walk in aid of the RNLI at Troon.
Eleven year old Katie decided to raise money for the RNLI’s annual Mayday campaign to support her lifeboat volunteer dad who is on call to save lives at sea.
The RNLI’s national Mayday fundraiser began on May 1 and will run for the whole month, with fundraising events taking place across the UK and Ireland. This year the national charity hopes to raise £750,000 to raise money for vital crew kit.
Katie, accompanied by her dad, successfully walked to the summit of ‘The Cobbler’, also known as Ben Arthur and forms part of the Southern Uplands, which stands at a height of 884m and raised an impressive £400 for the RNLI in Troon.
Troon lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said: ‘Katie’s fundraising efforts are very much appreciated by everyone at Troon lifeboat and we thank for her donation towards the Mayday campaign. Money raised through Mayday events will help provide lifeboat crews with the best kit possible with it currently costing £1,598 to provide one all-weather lifeboat crew member with the kit they need when responding to a call for help.’
RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414 firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, email@example.com
Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
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.