Mayday Yellow Welly reaches Rye Harbour RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Rye Harbour welcomed the Yellow Welly on its way round the South Coast on Thursday 17 May

yellow welly and Lifeboat operations manager and Dungeness crew member

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Tony Edwards LOM hands over the Yellow Welly to Brian Wilkinson Dungeness RNLI

Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers started the Mayday Yellow Welly Relay on May 1 2018. This year the RNLI hopes to raise £750,000 through this Mayday appeal which will be used to fund essential kit for the charity’s brave volunteer lifeboat crews.

The Yellow Welly is travelling through the South East, South and South West and will visit 65 lifeboat stations on its travels. Tonight (May 18) it was the turn of Rye Harbour RNLI to pass on the welly to Dungeness RNLI. Tony Edwards, Lifeboat Operations Manger (LOM), supported by volunteer crew members, fundraisers, Press Officers and local residents ceremoniously handed over the welly to Brian Wilkinson from Dungeness RNLI, at the station on the slipway. During the day the local primary children had been raising funds by wearing wellingtons to school and bringing in money to put in the Yellow Welly: they raised £92.40.

Tomorrow, May 19, the fundraising continues at Jempson’s Supermarket in Rye where fundraisers, crew members and press officers will be manning a fundraising table for the day. It is good to make the local community aware of the cost of the vital kit : All-weather lifeboat life jacket £494, All-weather lifeboat trousers £259 and gloves £18. This shows the importance of the fundraising which keeps our volunteers safe, warm and their kit in optimum condition so that they can carry on saving lives at sea.

RNLI Media contacts

Kt Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 Kt@ktbrucephotography.com

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Yellow welly is handed over

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Local Operations Manager , crew and local residents with the Yellow Welly

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Betty our amazing fundraiser who has been supporting the RNLI for a very long time alongside her family

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Yellow Welly at Rye Harbour RNLI

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 over 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.

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