Flamborough RNLI crew and supporters go the extra miles in May

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew and supporters at Flamborough RNLI have raised a magnificent amount with a series of Mayday challenges.

Stormy Stan leading supporters along the clifftop to Flamborough Lighthouse.

Rod Newton

Stormy Stan leads the way.
With fundraising taking a massive hit during the past fifteen months, the RNLI Mayday mile challenge proved to be the catalyst to get things moving again.

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.'

Crew member in full kit jogging on the beach with encouragement from Stormy Stan.

Rod Newton

Crew members jogging in full kit.
Two members of crew and dog jogging on the beach. Stormy Stan waving them on.

Rod Newton

Crew members jogging with encouragement from Stormy Stan.
Six Crew members on their bikes ready to start,

John Bates

Start of 12 mile bike ride at North Landing.
Group photo in front of Flamborough lifeboat station with fully laden stretcher.

Rod Newton

Crew before undertaking stretcher carry.
Crew in full kit walking past the Viking pub heading towards to old lifeboat station at North Landing.

Rod Newton

Crew walking through the village.

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