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Flint RNLI Mayday medley

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI lifeboat volunteers are organising three events in support of the charities Mayday appeal to raise funds for new crew kit for the stations volunteers.

Mayday Medley

RNLI/Richard Polden

Cyclists preparing to test the 'MayDay' ride route

A ‘Bacon Butty’ morning on Saturday 5 May at 13 Caesar Avenue, Flint, from 10am until 2pm courtesy of Kath and Gareth Williams, admission £2.50.

On Saturday 18 May at Flint lifeboat station ‘RNLI Rocks’ which features live bands from 1pm until 8.30pm, admission by donation, refreshments on site.

The Big Dee Day Family Cycle Ride takes place on Saturday 25 May, starting from Dock Road, Connahs Quay at 10am with four rides of differing lengths from two to 15 miles all following the coastal path, family entry £5 with sponsorship, £10 without.

Entry forms for the cycle ride can be obtained by contacting Alan on 07785593247, or Sam on 07759650004.

Recently the RNLI released its 2018 rescue figures which revealed a 17% increase on the previous year; lifeboats launched a total of 8964 times and rescued 9412 people

Alan Forrester, volunteer lifeboat operations manager at Flint says:

‘When the charity’s annual rescue figures are published, it’s always a sobering reminder of what our RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews do at a moment’s notice – in order to help someone in difficulty at sea’.

The RNLI’s Mayday national fundraiser begins on Wednesday 1 May and will run for the whole month, at hundreds of locations across the UK and Ireland. This year, the RNLI hopes to raise a total of £700,000 through Mayday, which will be used to fund essential kit for the charity’s selfless volunteer lifeboat crews.

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Report from Richard Polden Flint RNLI volunteer press officer, telephone 01745590331 or 07496770576

Notes to editors

  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/flint
  • Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launched over 700 times, saved 100 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.

· Flint lifeboat and its volunteers responded to 14 calls in 2018

· Flint lifeboat and its volunteers have responded to 1 call in 2019

· Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247

RNLI media contacts

Richard Polden, Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01745590331 or 07496770596 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745585162 or 07786668829 or RNLI Press Office 01202336789.

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