RNLI’s Mayday Appeal: Fundraise at home, save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Lifesaving charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), is encouraging people around the UK and Ireland to save lives at sea by fundraising at home for its annual Mayday fundraising appeal, which launches today (1 May) and runs throughout the month.

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Although we’re all being asked to stay home at the moment, the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews are still on call 24/7, ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice when the pager sounds, to go out and save lives at sea.

Like many other UK and Irish charities and businesses, the RNLI is facing challenges when it comes to income. With all RNLI fundraising events being cancelled due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, the charity has launched a virtual Mayday appeal.

Mayday normally sees people taking part in group fundraising events around the UK and Ireland but, due to the pandemic, the RNLI is taking the campaign online.

Following the success of the charity’s recent Facebook Live Water Safety Wednesdays and Virtual Pub Quiz, the RNLI has launched ‘Cuppa with the Crew’, a Facebook Live event on Friday 1 May, where followers can join Rich and Nat from Appledore RNLI Lifeboat Station for a cuppa, ask questions and enjoy a well-deserved tea break. Supporters are asked to make a small donation of the price they would usually pay for a takeaway coffee or tea.

Other RNLI Mayday fundraising challenges include:

Step to it for Mayday. You can lap your garden, climb your stairs or count steps during your daily permitted exercise.

Lifesaver Quiz. Using video-calling software, test your friends’ and family’s general knowledge skills, by hosting an online Lifesaver Quiz. We’ve even got some question suggestions to get you started.

H2Only. Can you do without your normal tipple for 10 days straight and drink only water?

RNLI Fundraising, Marketing and Media Director, Jayne George, says: ‘Our Mayday fundraising campaign is a vital event in the RNLI calendar and - given the current situation - it is more important than ever.

‘For years, our fantastic fundraisers have given their time and energy in May to help out our lifesavers. But the welfare of our volunteers, staff and supporters is our priority, and the usual range of activities are now impossible. So this year, Mayday will look a bit different.

‘While many fundraising events and gatherings have been cancelled, our brave lifeboat volunteers are still responding to their pagers and launching in lockdown. So, we are encouraging our supporters to take on fundraising challenges at home. That way they will be able to help protect our lifesavers, while also keeping themselves and others safe.

‘Our charity is powered by the public’s generosity and we are so grateful for their support during this difficult time.’

Visit rnli.org/Mayday to find downloadable materials for all Mayday activities, get involved with our challenges and do something amazing from the safety of your home this May.

RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact Rachel Gowen, volunteer lifeboat press officer via email on rachel_gowen@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press.

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 142,200 lives.

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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