Hoylake RNLI invites community to help save lives at sea at Mayday car wash

Lifeboats News Release

Wirral motorists are being invited to have their cars washed by lifesaving volunteers in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's national Mayday fundraiser.

RNLI/Dan Whiteley

Last year Hoylake RNLI volunteers washed 152 vehicles at the Mayday Car Wash

Organised by Hoylake RNLI, the event will see the volunteer lifeboat crew donning their distinctive yellow wellies as they clean visitors’ cars at the lifeboat station on Hoylake promenade for just £5 per vehicle. The Mayday car wash takes place on Sunday 12 May between 10am and 1pm, with the lifeboat crew hoping to raise £1,000 for the lifesaving charity.

The RNLI’s national Mayday fundraiser began on 1 May and will run for the whole of the month at hundreds of locations around 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.

Andy Dodd, Hoylake RNLI lifeboat Coxswain, says: ‘RNLI crews around the UK and Ireland will drop everything to go and save lives at sea when they get the call. Their kit protects them against extreme conditions, gives them a firm footing on unsteady surfaces, and shields them from injury. The Mayday campaign is our own call for help as we rely on the generosity of the public and especially the local community to fund this vital kit.’

'We look forward to welcoming the community to our Mayday Car Wash, where they can be sure their cars will leave looking shipshape as they help support RNLI crews. This event has become more popular each year and in 2018 we washed 152 vehicles and raised a fantastic £1115.’

Money raised through Mayday fundraising events will help RNLI lifeboat crews to face the harshest conditions at sea with the best kit possible. 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.

Anyone wishing to get involved in the Mayday campaign can visit RNLI.org/mayday to register for a free fundraising pack. The pack provides a host of fundraising ideas, such as encouraging friends and colleagues to plan a wear-yellow fundraiser, getting sponsored to run, walk or cycle, cooking up some yellow-themed bakes to sell or even getting together to lift the weight of a 32 tonne Tamar class lifeboat.

Buying a yellow welly pin badge at events or from local RNLI shops also helps raise funds towards the Mayday target and people are being encouraged to show support on social media, joining the conversation using the hashtag #MaydayEveryDay.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its 4,900 volunteer lifeboat crew members provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Irish coasts.

In 2018, Hoylake RNLI volunteers launched 39 times, assisting 23 people and two dogs and saving one life from drowning.

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For more information, please contact Dan Whiteley, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07799 851 316 or dan_whiteley@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

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No car was too big or too small for Hoylake RNLI volunteers at the 2018 event

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