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Three days and 1000 marvellous Mayday miles for Poole Lifeboat Volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboats Mayday Challenge is now complete

Poole Lifeboat Volunteers Poole Quay

RNLI/Anne-Marie Clark

Giving it some Welly

Collectively, we ran, walked, paddle boarded, kite sailed, hobbled, three legged walked, cycled, pushed in a pram, danced in the street, ran on a ‘Frozen’ themed treadmill, rowed, worked a busy shift, played a round of golf and called on our four legged friends to add some ‘paw power’.

We ended our epic challenge with a walk around Poole Quay to take us over the line and smash our target, accumulating an impressive 1091 miles.

We quietly hoped, we could match our miles with money, and we asked for your support and you did answer our Mayday call.

We have raised an amazing …. cue drum roll…… £1,210 which is truly humbling and makes all the aches and pains, sore limbs and blisters disappear, well for a moment.

More importantly after one of the toughest years, where we haven’t been able to meet up, or get together, incentives like this have bought us all closer together (especially the three-legged pair). This is so important, a combined effort, all of us willing each other on, as friends, families, supporters, all helping to raise this impressive amount that will go to help us, to save lives at sea, to train and support our volunteer crew and buy the equipment to help keep us safe.

A huge thank you, to everyone who had the faith, engaged with our crazy ideas and sponsored us, it really did spur us on, reading all the messages, it helped us to do our Mayday miles.

Also, over the weekend our fundraisers supported Poole Bid who were 'busking' for us, they raised over £211. For some it was their first time out, after this incredibly difficult year, and a little overwhelming to be back fundraising together, then we had two ‘Shouts’, which brings it all into perspective, the reason why it's important to raise the funds.

As we roll into May and then the summer holidays begin in earnest, we know we are going to be busy, holiday makers will be heading to the coasts and the boat yards and marina’s are already full of boats. We will be ready, we have been training and we know we have the support.

Mayday Mayday Mayday this is Poole lifeboat

Saying thank you very much for your continued support, making those Mayday miles into Mayday smiles.

Strava map of Ali's run, heart, anchor and RNLI

RNLI/poole Lifeboat

Ali's Epic run
Poole Lifeboat Crew at the station with Mayday poster

RNLI/Poole Lifeboat

Mayday Miles Completed
Bertie Jack Russell with a pair of wellies

RNLI/Anne-Marie Clark

Bertie happy to have finished his Mayday miles

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