In 2014, the RNLI rescued an average of 24 people every day – something that would not have been possible without public donations - and now it is issuing its own call for help.
The RNLI is appealing for volunteers and fundraisers to get involved with ‘Mayday’, the charity’s national fund raising event that launches on Friday May 1 and runs across the four day May Day bank holiday weekend.
This is the first time the charity’s Mayday campaign has been run nationally in the UK, following its success in Ireland and a trial in Liverpool last year.
Street collections and fund raising events will be taking place all over the country including our own area. The charity, is calling on people to show their support – either by volunteering to help with collections and events or by taking part in a fund raising activity in aid of the RNLI.
Most of the events will have a “welly theme” in a nod to the yellow wellies – an essential piece of kit – worn by charity volunteer lifeboat crew members.
Welly walks and welly-themed cake sales are just two examples of events that will be taking place.
The charity estimates it will need around 1,100 volunteers to help run the events that will be happening across the UK and Ireland.
Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,462 times, rescuing 8,727 people and saving 368 lives.
They are on call 27/7, every day of the year, ready to respond to emergencies at sea.
Michael Charlton, RNLI Area Manager, said: “The RNLI’s dedicated volunteer lifeboat crews are always ready to respond to the Mayday calls of those in distress at sea.
“We’re now hoping people will respond to our call by volunteering a bit of their time to help with some of the collections and events we have planned for the four days spanning the Day Day bank holiday weekend or by taking part in a fundraising activity.
“RNLI lifeboat crews are volunteers who are willing to give up their time and put their own lives at risk to rescue those in danger around our coastline.
“We hope people will get behind us and show their support. We have some fun events planned, so hopefully people will enjoy themselves while also doing their bit to support this life saving charity”.
All money raised through Mayday fundraising events will support the RNLI’s life saving work – it could be used to fund crew training, buy new crew kit or contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station.
Anyone interested in getting involved can see what’s going on in their area and sign up at HYPERLINK “http://www.mli.org/Mayday” www.mli.org/Mayday or contact the RNLI Community Support Team on 0300 300 9902.