Join RNLI Pwllheli for the Mayday Mile and help save lives this summer

Lifeboats News Release

Usually, the lifesavers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) answer mayday calls – it’s the most serious call for help and last year volunteers at RNLI Pwllheli were called out 20 times coming to the aid of 40 people

RNLI Pwllheli volunteer crew members Caroline Jones on the left, and Adam Jones standing in their crew kit on the RNLI Pwllheli boathouse slipway with sea behind them

RNLI/Elizabeth Denholm

1) RNLI Pwllheli volunteer crew members Caroline Jones and Adam Jones.

But this May, it’s they who need YOUR help. The charity is calling on the people of Pwllheli to join in the Mayday Mile to help raise vital funds to keep you and your family safe this summer.

This year’s Mayday Mile is being held on Sunday 22 May along The Promenade in Pwllheli with everyone welcome to take part either running or walking… whether it’s one mile or 5k or just as far as you want. The event starts at 11am and there is no sponsorship or entry fee, but the RNLI Pwllheli Fundraising team will be there with their collection buckets along the course for people to make a donation to the RNLI.

Volunteers from the RNLI Pwllheli crew will also be taking part. Caroline Jones, a volunteer RNLI Pwllheli shore crew member said: ‘I am planning to walk the mile in my kit and I’m excited to be a part of this fundraising drive for the charity which saves lives at sea. Everyone is welcome, so why not come down on the 22 May to join in the fun.'

Money raised through Mayday fundraising events like this one will make sure that RNLI lifesavers have everything they need to keep families safe this summer. Every second counts when the water turns against you, and RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews will drop whatever they’re doing when a call for help comes in.

Alison Hayes, RNLI Pwllheli fundraising team chairperson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise funds to support the RNLI. We will be hoping for a big turnout so why not come down to the promenade to either join in or watch the participants and make a donation to the RNLI.

‘Mayday is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to join events like this and raise the funds that allow us to be there when we’re needed most. But we need to be ready. Training, kit, stations, fuel … these are just some of the things we need to save lives, and that your fundraising can help provide.’

For more information contact Michele Rigby at [email protected] or call RNLI Pwllheli lifeboat station on 01758 613848

If you’re not able to attend on 22 May, anyone who wishes to get involved can take part in their own Mayday Mile. Participants can complete their virtual mile – or more than one! - wherever and however they like – walk, jog, hop or skip!

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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