Mayday! Lifeboats need your help

Just Regional
Apr 29, 2020 3 mins read

The lifeboat crew at Sheringham RNLI is joining others around the UK and Ireland to encourage people to save lives at sea by fundraising at home for its annual Mayday fundraising appeal, which launches on May 1 and runs throughout the month.

Although we’re all being asked to stay home at the moment, the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews are still on call 24/7, ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice when the pager sounds, to go out and save lives at sea.

Like many charities and businesses, the RNLI is facing challenges when it comes to income and with all the usual fundraising events being cancelled, the charity has launched a virtual Mayday appeal.

Mayday normally sees people taking part in group fundraising events out and about but, due to the pandemic, the RNLI is taking the campaign online.

Lifeboat keeping an eye on events at the Sheringham raft race a few years ago – now the crews need your help for their Mayday fundraising appeal.

Following the success of the charity’s recent Facebook Live Water Safety Wednesdays and Virtual Pub Quiz, the RNLI has launched Cuppa with the Crew, a Facebook Live event on Friday, May 1, where followers can join Rich and Nat from Appledore RNLI lifeboat station for a cuppa, ask questions and enjoy a well-deserved tea break. Supporters are asked to make a small donation of the price they would usually pay for a takeaway coffee or tea.

Other RNLI Mayday fundraising challenges include:

  • Step to it for Mayday. You can lap your garden, climb your stairs or count steps during your daily permitted exercise.
  • Lifesaver Quiz. Using video-calling software, test your friends’ and family’s general knowledge skills, by hosting an online Lifesaver Quiz.
  • H2Only. Can you do without your normal tipple for 10 days straight and drink only water?

RNLI fundraising, marketing and media director Jayne George, said: “Our Mayday fundraising campaign is a vital event in the RNLI calendar and – given the current situation – it is more important than ever.

“For years, our fantastic fundraisers have given their time and energy in May to help out our lifesavers. But the welfare of our volunteers, staff and supporters is our priority, and the usual range of activities are now impossible. So, this year, Mayday will look a bit different.

‘While many fundraising events and gatherings have been cancelled, our brave lifeboat volunteers are still responding to their pagers and launching in lockdown. So, we are encouraging our supporters to take on fundraising challenges at home. That way they will be able to help protect our lifesavers, while also keeping themselves and others safe.”

Visit rnli.org/Mayday to find everything you need for the Mayday activities.

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