Posted: Fri 24th Mar 2023

RNLI launches Mayday Mile campaign in Wales after figure show increased demand in 2022

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Mar 24th, 2023

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has launched its Mayday Mile fundraising campaign, following increased demand on its services last year.

Figures released for 2022 show lifeboat launches from the 30 stations around the Welsh coast have risen more than the UK average.

In Wales RNLI lifeboats launched 1,145 times in 2022, compared with 1,057 launches in 2021.

Across the UK, RNLI lifeboats launched over 9,300 times in 2022 – an increase of 5% on the previous year.

The most common cause of a lifeboat launch in Wales in 2022 was to motorboats in trouble, which had risen from 116 incidents in 2021.

People in the water requiring assistance was the second most common reason for a launch rising from 134 launches in 2021 to 140 in 2022.

The charity is now putting out its own Mayday call as it faces yet another busy summer.

With high numbers of visitors expected as people continue to choose to holiday closer to home, more funds are needed to ensure the lifesaving service is able to keep everyone safe.

In North Wales, Rhyl was the busiest station launching 52 times, closely follow by Moelfre RNLI on Anglesey who launched 48 times.

A host of Mayday events are being planned across Wales, including at Flint where there will be a bike ride on 20 May.

It’ll be eyes down for the Colwyn Bay branch on 26 May when they host a bingo Mayday event.

Rhyl RNLI’s Duck Race which will take place on 1 May in Dyserth.

Abersoch are following suit with a Duck Race on 8 May and Holyhead RNLI are organising a car wash on 13 May.

Moelfre RNLI are organising a Dog Walk on 29 May commencing at 1pm from the local primary school and finishing at Seawatch where refreshments and cake will be served.

With demand for its lifesaving services at a high, the charity is also putting out its own ‘Mayday’ call, urging the public to take part in the Mayday Mile – taking on the challenge of covering a mile a day for the month of May.

All money raised will help to provide the vital training and equipment that is needed to keep its lifesavers safe, while they risk their own lives to save others.

Faye Maher, RNLI Regional Engagement Lead for Wales said: ‘‘Summer is our busiest time of year, with thousands of people at risk of getting into danger by the water. Ordinary people just enjoying days out with family or friends.”

“Mayday is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to take part in events like the Mayday Mile and raise the funds that allow us to be there when we’re needed most.”

“But we need to be ready. Training, kit, stations, fuel … these are just some of the things we need to save lives, and that your fundraising can help provide”

“Whether you choose to walk, jog, hop or skip, the Mayday Mile challenges you to cover one mile in any way you like every day in May, whilst raising vital funds for RNLI lifesavers so that they can continue to keep people safe at sea.”

Ms Maher added: “It’s clear from these new figures that demand for our services is continuing to rise, with our lifesavers dropping everything to run to the lifeboat station when the call comes.”

“Every penny raised during Mayday will go towards ensuring we are ready to save even more lives this year.”

To sign up for the Mayday Mile, or to make a donation in support of the RNLI’s lifesavers, visit RNLI.org/supportMayday

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