Celebrity father and son put best foot forward for the Lytham RNLI this Mayday
TV personality Roy Walker and his son, comedian Phil Walker visit Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station to show their support for this year's 'Leg it for Lytham' fun run taking place throughout the month of May as part of the RNLI's Mayday Mile fundraiser.
This year, people can challenge themselves to complete the Leg It for Lytham fun run however they chose. It is open to runners, walkers, ramblers, push chair pushers, wheelchair users, or dog walkers. Supporters are invited to be as creative as they chose.
Across the country, people have been signing up to take part in the RNLI's Mayday Mile events to support our crews who are expecting to be busier than every this summer.
In Lytham, participants can choose when to travel the 3½ miles (5.65Km) in either direction between the inshore lifeboat house on central beach and the all-weather lifeboat house on south promenade.
The route along the coast offers beautiful views across the Ribble Estuary and the Irish sea and on a good day the Welsh mountains can be seen.
Commemorative 2021 T shirts are available to buy at £10 each, from the station’s two souvenir shops on central beach and south promenade and from Ansdell Post Office, Woodlands Road, and from Pemberton’s Farm Shop on Ballam Road. All profits will go to help the RNLI's lifesaving service.
An RNLI spokesman said:
'It is hoped a donation will be made by each participant towards this as the RNLI is reliant on voluntary donations which have of course been greatly reduced during the pandemic.
'There’s no need to register. All we ask is that you take some photographs at the start and finish and share them with us at our Facebook page (@LythamStAnnesRnliPage) so we can spread the word and then please go on our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lythamstannesbranch.'
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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.