Flamborough RNLI team’s massive steps to raise funds in Mayday challenge

Volunteer crew and supporters at Flamborough RNLI raised more than £2,400 following a series of Mayday challenges.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 10:25 am
Volunteer crew and supporters at Flamborough RNLI during one of the Mayday challenges. Photo courtesy of Rod Newton

With fundraising taking a massive hit during the past 15 months, the RNLI’s Mayday mile challenge proved to be the catalyst to get things moving once again.

Volunteer crew member Sarah Westwood suggested the team worked together as a group, with a series of challenges during May in line with the RNLI Mayday mile.

The idea was popular with crew and it was decided to set a target of 205 miles, that being the number of operational miles travelled by our RNLI Atlantic 85 during the previous year.

Volunteer crew members carried a fully laden stretcher from the RNLI station at South Landing to North Landing. Photo courtesy of Rod Newton.

A series of group challenges was organised to be completed at the weekends, kicking off on Saturday, May 1 with mascot Stormy Stan walking the cliff top from the RNLI lifeboat station at South Landing to Flamborough Lighthouse and back, accompanied by several volunteer crew in full kit and bucket carrying supporters.

Each of the following four weekends saw a different group challenge completed.

Volunteer crew members jogged for one mile on the beach at South Landing wearing full kit,undertook a 12-mile cycle ride around Flamborough and surrounding villages, carried a fully laden stretcher around the village and walked in full kit from the current RNLI Lifeboat Station at South Landing to the previous station at North Landing.

In addition to the group challenges individual volunteer crew have undertaken challenges including cycling, running and walking.

With fundraising taking a massive hit during the past 15 months, the RNLI’s Mayday mile challenge proved to be the catalyst to get things moving again. Photo courtesy of Rod Newton

By the end of May, the 205 mile target was smashed with a total of 303 miles being covered during the various challenges, with a running total of £2,468.44 being raised.

Flamborough RNLI Lifeboat operations manage David Freeman said after the event: “It was good teamwork by all concerned and a fantastic result. Many thanks all who took part and to all those who donated.”