RNLI supporter’s challenge to do a vertical mile in memory of her uncle

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI Mayday Mile challenge has interested ‘Inverted Fitness’ owner Natalie Jose, from Penzance in Cornwall to take part in the challenge in a slightly different way. Natalie and members of her team will be committing to 30 minutes of aerial fitness a day throughout the month of May

Natalie Jose

Natalie Jose performing aerial fitness
to raise funds for the lifesaving charity.

In 2004, Natalie tragically lost her uncle at sea when his fishing boat sank off the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. Two of the crew were rescued by the RNLI and a huge search was held in the hope to find Natalie’s uncle, but sadly he was never found.

Natalie and her husband spend a lot of time in and on the water, whether wild swimming, paddle boarding or on a jet ski and her husband has also been rescued by the RNLI.

Natalie says: ‘Although my uncle was sadly never found, I have always thought it is a completely selfless act volunteering for the RNLI, crews risking their lives to save others. Knowing that the RNLI are ready to rescue 24/7 is so reassuring if something were to go wrong.’

The Mayday Mile challenges you to cover at least one mile in any way you like between Sunday 1 and Tuesday 31 May, whilst raising vital funds for RNLI lifesavers so that they can continue to keep people safe at sea.

In 2021 Natalie jogged and walked her way through the Mayday Mile covering one mile a day throughout May. However since then, she has been advised not to run due to an ongoing injury, so has decided to incorporate her business ‘Inverted Fitness’ and the team there to take part in a ‘vertical’ Mayday Mile.

Having worked out the maths based on the amount of calories burned if you were to walk or jog one mile, Natalie and her team have set their target as the equivalent calories burned performing aerial or pole fitness. Each person in the team will need to do 3.5 hours of aerial fitness (30 minutes a day) either in the studio or on their home equipment.

To make it even more interesting, Natalie and her team have set themselves a goal to achieve each day, incorporating set routines and the challenge to include specific poses and sequences.

All money raised through the Mayday Mile will help to provide the vital training and equipment that is needed to keep RNLI lifesavers safe and come home safely themselves.

The Mayday Mile will be running from Saturday 1 May to Monday 31 May. Sign up and find out more at RNLI.org/SupportMayday today.

Notes to editors

Please see attached photos of Natalie Jose performing aerial fitness as part of her ‘vertical’ Mayday Mile challenge.

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For more information please contact Becky Bright, RNLI Media Engagement Placement (South West) on 07929 673281 or [email protected]. or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or [email protected] Alternatively, please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or [email protected].

Natalie Jose

Natalie paddleboarding in Penzance

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