Olly answers the RNLI call by going the Mayday Mile

Lifeboats News Release

Denbigh schoolboy Olly Moore is gearing up for the last lap of his RNLI Mayday Mile challenge.

Eight-year-old Olly set himself a challenge to run or cycle a mile a day throughout the month of May in support of the charity’s Mayday fundraising campaign. Having set up a target of a £100 – the cost of delivering a water safety lesson to schoolchildren – his fundraising efforts have surpassed all expectations with over £780 already raised to help save lives at sea.

RNLI/Sophie Moore

Olly answers the RNLI call by going the Mayday Mile

Eight-year-old Olly set himself a challenge to run or cycle a mile a day throughout the month of May in support of the charity’s Mayday fundraising campaign. Having set up a target of a £100 – the cost of delivering a water safety lesson to schoolchildren – his fundraising efforts have surpassed all expectations with over £780 already raised to help save lives at sea.


RNLI lifeboat crews are ready to respond to the pager day or night and Olly has been demonstrating his commitment by completing his daily mile in every weather on what has been one of the wettest May’s on record.


Olly said: ‘I wanted to do the challenge to help RNLI rescue people and save lives. I have enjoyed it apart from going out in the rain!’


Martin Jones, Rhyl RNLI Coxswain said: ‘Olly has been doing a fantastic job on his Mayday Mile challenge. RNLI crews are ready to respond to the pager in all weather; we know ourselves that going out in the wind and rain isn’t always easy or nice – that’s why I would like to thank Olly for not giving up and going the extra mile. Thank you Olly and good luck on the last week of your Mayday Mile challenge.’


The Mayday Mile challenge is running as part of the RNLI’s wider Mayday fundraising campaign from Saturday 1 May to Monday 31 May. To sign up and log your miles – or to simply make a donation to support the Mayday campaign, visit RNLI.org/SupportMayday.


You can also share your story and join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #MyMaydayMile.


Notes to editor

Attached are photos of Olly Moore taking part in his RNLI Mayday Mile challenge. Credit: Sophie Moore.


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For more information Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07771 941390. Alternatively contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email PressOffice@rnli.org.uk.

Eight-year-old Olly set himself a challenge to run or cycle a mile a day throughout the month of May in support of the charity’s Mayday fundraising campaign. Having set up a target of a £100 – the cost of delivering a water safety lesson to schoolchildren – his fundraising efforts have surpassed all expectations with over £780 already raised to help save lives at sea.

RNLI/Sophie Moore

Olly answers the RNLI call by going the Mayday Mile

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