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Whitby RNLI crew member pledges 100 miles on land and sea for Mayday.

Lifeboats News Release

A mayday is an urgent call for help, used by mariners when life is in immediate danger.

Whitby RNLI crew member Ally Brisby on her paddle board in Whitby harbour.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Whitby RNLI crew member Ally Brisby on her paddle board in Whitby harbour.

Usually, RNLI lifesavers answer mayday calls and go to rescue others. But this May, with the busiest summer season on the way, they need your help.

Our Whitby RNLI volunteer crew member Ally Brisby has pledged to cover 100 miles for this year's Mayday fundraiser, on both land and sea.

Ally is covering the distance in four disciplines, open water swimming, cycling, paddle boarding and running.

If you'd like to sponsor Ally visit, all donations, no matter how small, make a big difference.

If you'd like to take part in your own Mayday Mile you can find out more on this link: Cover the distance however you like. Alone or with a friend. Just once or every day for a week. In wellies or on a unicycle. It’s entirely up to you.

When you do The Mayday Mile, you’re giving RNLI lifesavers what they need to rescue others, and to come home safe themselves. From first aid training to breathable kit that helps them keep their cool, there are so many vital things you could help fund.

Thanks to you, we’ll be one step closer to the happy, fun and safe summer we all deserve this year.

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]

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