RNLI Mayday event to raise vital funds

Supporters of the Flamborough Lifeboat will be holding a special event in the village hall on Saturday 5 May.
Supporters of the Flamborough Lifeboat will be holding a special event in the village hall on Saturday 5 May.

People are being invited to support Flamborough RNLI at an event in the village hall on Saturday 5 May between 10am and 2pm.

The event will help raise vital funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as part of the charity’s national annual fundraising campaign.

Organised by Flamborough lifeboat Supporters, the event will include entertainment with live folk music, Makara Morris dancers, Maypole dancers and the Junior Flamborough Longsword dancers.

Stalls will include cake stall, bric-a-brac, books, tombola and RNLI souvenir stall.

Refreshments will be available including hot dogs, cakes and scones.

The RNLI’s Mayday events begin on Tuesday 1 May and will run for the whole month, with fundraising taking place across the UK and Ireland.

This year, the RNLI hopes to raise £750,000 through Mayday, which will be used to fund essential kit for the charity’s brave volunteer lifeboat crews.

Pat Toft, Flamborough lifeboat Supporters chairperson said: ‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when they get the call.

“Their specialist kit protects them against extreme conditions, gives them a firm footing on unsteady surfaces, and shields them from injury, allowing them to carry out their lifesaving work. The Mayday campaign is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to fund this vital kit that helps keep the crews safe when they risk their lives for others.”

A RNLI spokesman said: “Money raised through Mayday fundraising events will help RNLI lifeboat crews to face the harshest conditions at sea with the best kit possible.

“It currently costs £1,598 to provide one all-weather lifeboat crew member with all of the kit they need when responding to the call for help.

“This year, the RNLI is going yellow for Mayday – just like volunteer crews do every day to save lives at sea.

“Anyone who wishing to get involved can visit RNLI.org/mayday to register for a free Mayday fundraising pack.

“The pack provides a host of fundraising ideas, such as encouraging friends and colleagues to plan a wear-yellow fundraiser, getting sponsored to run, walk or cycle, cooking up some yellow-themed bakes to sell or even getting together to lift the weight of a 42 tonne Severn class lifeboat.”