Three days and 1000 marvellous Mayday miles for Poole Lifeboat Volunteers
Poole Lifeboats Mayday Challenge is now complete
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.
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.