Exmouth RNLI volunteers are gearing up to relay run 72 kilometers to mark the number of emergencies attended in 2020.
Crew members Dougie Wright and Geoff Mills will set off on Saturday, May 15, in a bid to raise funds for Exmouth RNLI.
They aim to take part in the charity’s Mayday Mile campaign – and run a relay of 72 kilometers – one for every lifesaving emergency the Exmouth lifeboats were tasked to attend in 2020.
The pair have set up a JustGiving page and hope to raise £2,000 for Exmouth RNLI.
Tom Mansell, RNLI lifesaving lead for the South West, said: “We all saw the images of packed beaches around the coast as restrictions lifted last summer, which meant a hugely busy season for the RNLI in South West as a whole.
“As another summer approaches, we know that our lifesavers face more huge challenges in keeping everyone safe, which is why we’re now the ones sending out our own Mayday call and asking for help.
“Our annual Mayday fundraising campaign is our call for your support to help keep you and your family safe at the coast this summer.”
He added: “Our lifesavers drop everything to run to the lifeboat station when the call comes, so we’re asking our supporters to put themselves in the crew’s boots and join the Mayday Mile.
“Every penny raised during Mayday will go towards ensuring we are ready to save even more lives this year.”
Figures released by the RNLI show the Exmouth crew saved three lives in 2020 and spent a combined total of 20 days helping others.
The statistics show Exmouth RNLI volunteers launched the all-weather lifeboat 26 times and inshore lifeboat on 53 occasions.
The crew helped 51 individuals and saved three lives, giving a total of 491 lifesaving hours.
- See the JustGiving page here.