'Mayday' is an urgent call for help. Usually, RNLI lifesavers answer mayday calls and go to rescue others. But this May, with the busiest summer season on the way, it’s them who need help. The Mayday Mile is a way to answer that call.
However, Llandudno volunteer crew member Ewa Bajerska will be swimming not one, but ten miles for the Mayday campaign. This will be achieved by swimming from Llandudno Lifeboat Station to the Sailing Club, approximately one kilometre away every other evening, until she has achieved the full distance.
When participants accept the challenge, they are giving RNLI lifesavers what they need to rescue others, and to come home safe themselves. From first aid training to the breathable kit that helps them keep their cool, there are so many vital things the public can help to fund.
Supporters are welcome to walk along the Llandudno Promenade and monitor her progress and of course give her encouragement. Ewa started her challenge on Saturday 1 May and will endeavour to complete the ten kilometres before the end of May.
Ewa explained, ‘I am looking forward to taking on this challenge. After now finishing my first swim I can say it was colder and longer than I anticipated, so it is definitely going to be a proper challenge! I am also grateful to my fellow volunteers who are taking on the safety duties to monitor my swim from the beach.’
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For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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