Torbay Lifesavers put out a ‘Mayday’ of their own

Lifeboats News Release

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/Shona Duncan

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

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:

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Shona Duncan, RNLI Torbay Acting Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer)

07778 002866 or

Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer:

01752 854450 or

or RNLI Public Relations at Poole HQ on 01202 336 789 (24 hours)

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