Ramsgate RNLI works as a team to deliver the Yellow Welly!

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 22 May, Ramsgate RNLI took delivery of the iconic symbol of the charity's Mayday Appeal - the Yellow Welly - from the Walmer RNLI crew when it was delivered by the neighbouring station by water using a rib.

The delivery of the Yellow Welly to Ramsgate by the Walmer crew.

Sarah Hewes

The delivery of the Yellow Welly to Ramsgate by the Walmer crew.

The following day, Wednesday 23 May, the Ramsgate crew cycled it around the seafront on a party bike borrowed from Coco Latino, a local bar, to the Ramsgate Tunnels where it was handed over to the Broadstairs Lifeguards to continue its journey around the coast to Margate RNLI Station.

After a very welcome cup of tea at the Tunnels to warm them up as it was raining and cold the crew then cycled the partybike back to the station much to the amusement of people passing by.

So what is the Mayday Appeal? Mayday is our yellow-themed annual fundraiser, which runs from 1-31 May. It’s a celebration of our volunteer lifeboat crews, who are on call 24 hours a day, every day, to save lives at sea.

This year, we want to raise £750,000* to fund the vital kit that will keep them safe, whatever the weather throws at them. Will you help us by raising money this Mayday?

*Any funds raised over our £750,000 target will go towards funding our lifesaving work around the UK and Ireland.

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Media Contacts

Karen Cox Lifeboat Press Officer for Ramsgate Lifeboat Station coxinthebox63@gmail.com tel 07779848431

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer Paul_Dunt@rnli.org.uk tel 077952029652

The partybike being peddled along Ramsgate Harbour by the crew.

Sarah Hewes

The partybike being peddled along Ramsgate Harbour by the crew.
The handover of the Yellow Welly to Broadstairs Lifeguards.

Sarah Hewes

The handover of the Yellow Welly to Broadstairs Lifeguards.

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