Torbay Lifesavers put out a ‘Mayday’ of their own
With Mayday around the corner, Torbay volunteers are calling on their local community to get involved with Mayday Month 2019 to fund essential kit for the charity’s selfless lifeboat crew.
RNLI Torbay is asking people to run their own fundraising events such as organising a ‘wear yellow’ day at work or organising a yellow-bake sale. Fundraisers can get help planning their events by registering for the RNLI’s free Mayday fundraising pack at RNLI.org/mayday.
It currently costs £2,161 to provide one all-weather lifeboat crew member with all the kit they need when responding to the call for help. Money raised through Mayday fundraising events will help RNLI lifeboat crews to face the harshest conditions at sea with the best kit possible.
Sunday 5 May will see the Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers kick off the RNLI’s month-long fundraising campaign with their own event at the Torbay Lifeboat Station between 10am and 4pm. As well as ‘cover the RNLI flag’, craft, second hand books and tombola stalls, tours of the Torbay All Weather Lifeboat will be on offer (subject to operational requirements).
Nick O’Brien, volunteer lifeboat operations manager says: ‘When they go out on a shout, the least our volunteer crew can expect is to have the best kit possible to protect them against the extreme conditions they face. The Mayday national fundraising event is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to fund the vital kit that helps keep the crews safe when they risk their lives for others.’
Torbay Lifeboat Station Key Facts:
- The Torbay lifeboat station has been operating since 1866. To learn more about the station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/torbay-lifeboat-station
- Current Coxswain of the Torbay Lifeboat is Mark Criddle and the station operates two lifeboats. The Torbay All Weather Lifeboat is a Severn Class Boat named Alec & Christina Dykes. The Inshore Lifeboat is a D class named Leslie & Mary Daws.
- Further information on Torbay Lifeboat Station’s local activities can be found at: http://www.torbaylifeboat.co.uk/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rnlitorbay
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/RNLITorbay
RNLI media contacts
Shona Duncan, RNLI Torbay Acting Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer)
07778 002866 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer:
01752 854450 or email@example.com
or RNLI Public Relations at Poole HQ on 01202 336 789 (24 hours)
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.