Flamborough RNLI crew and supporters go the extra miles in May
Volunteer crew and supporters at Flamborough RNLI have raised a magnificent amount with a series of Mayday challenges.
Volunteer crew member Sarah Westwood suggested that everyone work together as a group, with a series of challenges during May in line with the RNLI Mayday mile.
The idea was popular with crew and it was decided to set a target of 205 miles, that being the number of operational miles travelled by the station's RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat during the previous year.
A series of group challenges was organised to be completed at the weekends, kicking off on Saturday 1 May with the charity's very own Stormy Stan walking the cliff top path from the RNLI lifeboat station at South Landing to Flamborough Lighthouse and back, accompanied by several volunteer crew in full kit and carrying collection buckets.
Each of the following four weekends saw a different group challenge completed. Volunteer crew members jogged for one mile on the beach at South Landing wearing full kit, undertook a 12 mile cycle ride around Flamborough and surrounding villages, carried a fully laden stretcher around the village and walked in full kit from the current RNLI Lifeboat Station at South Landing to the previous station at North Landing.
In addition to the group challenges, individual volunteer crew have undertaken challenges including cycling, running and walking.
By the end of May the 205 mile target was smashed with a total of 303 miles being covered during the various challenges, with a running total of £2468.44 being raised.
Flamborough RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager David Freeman said of the event: 'It was good teamwork by all concerned and a fantastic result. Many thanks all who took part and to all those who donated.'
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.