As well as (finally!) feeling like Spring, May is also an opportunity for the RNLI to raise money through their Mayday appeal. The RNLI’s volunteers need to be prepared for anything and having the right kit can make the difference between life and death – for them and the people they rescue.
This year they are hoping to raise £750K and I’m doing my small part to help through donating 10% of all my sales in May to this amazing cause. I’m encouraging other makers to get involved as well and do their bit supporting this amazing appeal, look for the #makersformayday and RNLI's #maydayeveryday hashtags.
Since they started in 1824 RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives but they also educate through Community Safety teams who explain the risks and share safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast.
The RNLI is 95% funded by donations and its boats are crewed by volunteers who do an amazing job rescuing people around our coastline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You may be familiar with seeing their lifeguards looking after people on busy beaches but did you know they also have a Flood Rescue Team helping those affected by flooding? And they also work with partner organisations internationally.
The RNLI is particularly close to my heart as I used to go out on my dad’s boat in Cornwall as a child and I know how unpredictable the sea can be, things can go very wrong so quickly however careful you are. It was immensely reassuring that the RNLI were there.
Please support this amazing cause however you can and see if there is an event near you to get involved:
£750,000 can help fund:
117 Full all-weather crew kits
3,476 pairs of wellies
7,502 pairs of gloves