It may have pouring down with rain but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the RNLI volunteers, who are used to launching in all weathers. The group of lifeboat crew, tractors drivers and station officials donned their iconic yellow kit as part of their challenge, before setting off to run a mile along Hoylake promenade, around Meols Parade Gardens and crossing the finish line back at Hoylake Lifeboat Station.
The run was organised as part of the RNLI’s national Mayday campaign, which this year is asking people to sign up and cover at least one mile in any way they like to raise vital funds.
After the busiest year for emergency call-outs in Hoylake RNLI’s history, with income falling as fundraising events were cancelled due to restrictions, the Hoylake team decided to step up and complete the Mayday Mile together. They have so far raised over £2,000 for the RNLI.
Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd, who took part in the run, said: ‘The poor weather couldn’t stop our crew, whether they’re fundraising or saving lives at sea. Well done to all our volunteers who ran the Mayday Mile and thank you to everyone who has donated to this fantastic fundraiser.’
‘Mayday is a call for help and it’s normally RNLI crews answering these calls to rescue others. But this year, with a busy summer on the way, we’re asking for your help by supporting the Mayday Mile.’
To find out more and sign up for your own RNLI Mayday Mile, visit RNLI.org/Mayday
You can also still donate to Hoylake RNLI’s Mayday Mile runners by visiting their fundraising page at themaydaymile.rnli.org/teams/hoylake-lifeboat-harriers-mayday-miler
Images: Siân Holmes