Volunteers wanted to help with RNLI’s own ‘Mayday’

St Abbs RNLI and Eyemouth Lifeboat in the background.
St Abbs RNLI and Eyemouth Lifeboat in the background.

The RNLI is issuing its own call for help, appealing for volunteers and fundraisers to get involved with ‘Mayday’, the charity’s forthcoming fundraising event from May 1–4.

Street collections and fundraising events will be taking place in Berwickshire and East Lothian. The charity, which saves lives at sea, is calling on people to show their support – either by volunteering to help with collections and events, or by taking part in a fundraising activity, in aid of the RNLI.

This is the first time the charity’s Mayday campaign has been run nationally. It will launch on May 1 and run in the UK and Ireland across the four-day May Day bank holiday weekend.

Anne Scott, an RNLI community fundraising manager in Scotland, said: “The RNLI’s dedicated volunteer lifeboat crews are always ready to respond to the Mayday calls of those in distress at sea. We’re now hoping people will respond to our call, by volunteering a bit of their time to help with some of the collections and events we have planned for the four days spanning the May Day bank holiday weekend, or by taking part in a fundraising activity.

All money raised through Mayday fundraising events will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work – it could be used to fund crew training, buy new crew kit, or contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station.

Anyone interested in getting involved can see what is going on in their area and sign up at www.rnli.org/Mayday