Teddington RNLI Welcome MayDay Yellow Welly For Last Leg
Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station volunteers today (31 May) had the honour of welcoming the Yellow Welly from their flank station at RNLI Chiswick, at the end of its 31-day Mayday fundraising relay across the country.
The Yellow Welly began its month-long journey around the south coast from Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 1st May 2018.
The Welly’s final leg, organised by Teddington Lifeboat 3rd Crew Gianna Saccomani, was completed onboard
TI-GER-LU III, a locally owned 1950’s wooden boat, through Teddington Lock.
TI-GER-LU III was flanked by Teddington’s two D-Class Inshore Lifeboats
Peter Saw and Olwen and Tom, and cheered on by local fundraisers and our very own ‘Stormy Stan’ - aka Tim Ody, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM).
Teddington is one of the four RNLI Lifeboat stations on the River Thames, and one of only three stations in the UK to have two D-Class Inshore Lifeboats, in this case due to its close proximity to the weir at Teddington Lock, which is the largest on the Thames and a significant potential hazard, particularly in flood conditions. Rescue operations in the immediate vicinity of the weir generally require deployment of both lifeboats under a specialised local procedure.
Tim Ody, Teddington RNLI LOM said: ‘We are very proud to host the last leg of the MayDay Yellow Welly Relay. The River Thames is a key part of the RNLI’s operations. As one of four stations – the others being at Chiswick, Tower and Gravesend – we are somewhat unusual in being both tidal and non-tidal on the eight miles stretch from Richmond to Molesey which we cover. We on the operational side of the RNLI are massively grateful both to our fundraisers and all those members of the public who support us with their generous donations throughout the year so we can do what we do. It’s vital for our volunteers to have the best equipment for their work both on the seas round our coast and on the Thames. Here on the Thames, a key message we are now promoting with other emergency services is #SaferThames. Mayday will help us hugely in that mission. Today is a nice way to recognise how we can all help each other to enjoy the River Thames in a safe and fun way.’
Jill Goddard, Events Co-Ordinator and Vice-Chairman of the Twickenham, Teddington and District Fundraising branch of the RNLI added: ‘The crew of Teddington Lifeboat are strongly supported by the work of the Twickenham, Teddington and District Fundraising branch. This hard working group attend many local events to raise money in various ways but especially by the sale of RNLI official souvenirs. So, it’s great for our team to enjoy today and give our continued support.’
The RNLI’s Mayday campaign runs throughout May every year and in 2018 aims to raise £750,000 to fund lifesaving kit for the charity’s volunteers. An RNLI crew member’s yellow wellies cost £55 a pair, a lifejacket costs £458 and a safety helmet costs £263. It currently costs £1,598 to provide one all-weather lifeboat crew member with all of the kit they need when responding to the call for help. Money raised through Mayday will help RNLI lifeboat crews face even the harshest operational conditions with the best kit possible.
Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Community Engagement, says: ‘Mayday is such an important annual event for the RNLI, a moment each year when we can show thanks for the incredible actions and work of our selfless volunteer lifeboat crews. This year we are fundraising for vital protective crew kit, essential to keep crews safe while they save others.’
Andy Jupp, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for London says: ‘Yellow wellies, lifejackets, helmets – this iconic kit is essential for lifesaving and protecting our selfless volunteers who face extreme conditions while saving lives at sea and on the River Thames. We’ve been asking the public to get creative and Go Yellow throughout the month of May to help us raise funds for their kit.’
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Key facts about Teddington Lock and Weir
RNLI MayDay Yellow Welly Relay Start
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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 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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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, in a normal year, 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.