Lord Mayor raises RNLI flag for the RNLI Mayday appeal

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI and the inbound Lord Mayor ‘Raise the RNLI flag’ to welcome the start of this year’s May Day appeal.

Lord Mayor of Bridlington raises the RNLI Flag to launch the Mayday appeal

RNLI/Mike Milner

RNLI Bridlington launch Mayday appeal

Mike Heslop-Mullens who is currently the town’s Deputy Mayor, who will take over as Lord Mayor in a matter of days, attended with members of the Bridlington RNLI crew to raise the RNLI flag at the town’s cenotaph in recognition of the start of the national RNLI Mayday appeal.

Mayday is known as a call for help. Usually, RNLI lifesavers answer mayday calls and rescue others but this May, they’re asking for your help. Will you answer their call? As the beaches fill up this summer, RNLI lifesavers will be at their busiest. With more people drawn to the water, more people will get into danger. It could be you or someone you love.

Crews need to be ready and that takes lifeboats, training, kit, lifeboat stations and fuel. Bridlington Coxswain Steve Emmerson said: ‘Mayday is the international call for assistance, we are asking for your assistance during this month-long campaign to help us to continue to save lives at sea, thank you’.

Can you help get our lifesavers ready for rescue this summer? Will you take part in the Mayday Mile? What can you do to help? Well, you can kick off your summer with the Mayday Mile. Walk it, run it, skate it or do it in wellies. Challenge yourself or challenge your friends. The money you raise will help get our lifesavers ready the next time they’re needed.

You can do your Mayday Mile anytime in May, wherever you want – on the beach, in the park, in the kitchen or your local swimming pool. However you do it, you’ll be joining a vibrant community of other Mayday fundraisers. Together you’ll be giving lifesavers everything they need to keep families safe this summer. So come on, get your skates, shoes or whatever way you choose to do the Mayday mile register today at https://rnli.org/

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RNLI Launch of the Mayday appeal


Mayday Appeal

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