Relay run MayDay fun to raise funds for Exmouth RNLI

Yellow wellies at the ready – a pair of Exmouth RNLI volunteers are gearing up to run a relay wearing lifesaving kit.

Crew members Dougie Wright and Geoff Mills on Saturday, May 15 will relay run 72 kilometers along the seafront to raise funds for the lifeboat station.

Each kilometer run by the volunteers will represent an Exmouth RNLI lifesaving emergency in 2020 where the lifeboats were launched.

The pair plan to run part of the challenge in RNLI kit of lifejackets and waterproofs.

The crew members have set up a JustGiving page and hope to raise £3,000 for the Exmouth lifeboat station.

Dougie and Geoff landed on the 72 for 72 challenge after the lifeboat station’s fundraising efforts was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Geoff said: “Dougie and I had just finished an evening training exercise and were discussing how busy we thought it would be this summer.

“Given the challenges faced with RNLI fundraising in the last year I asked Dougie if he fancied doing something a little different to raise some much needed money for the Exmouth lifeboat station and a few coffees later we landed on the 72 for 72 idea.”

The volunteers’ relay run is part of a national RNLI MayDay Mile challenge, where crew around the UK aim to boost the charity and lifeboat stations.

An RNLI spokesman said: “The RNLI are expecting more families than ever to book holidays in the UK and Ireland this year.

“People are excited to get away – and that’s how it should be. But it’s so easy to get into trouble by the water; for walkers to get cut off by the tide; a paddling child to be swept out to sea; a pet dog to tumble down a cliff.

“Exmouth RNLI are raising funds to keep our local lifesavers fully-equipped to deal with these emergencies – and come home safe themselves.

“With a year of coronavirus restrictions disabling our fundraising events, it’s never been more important for our charity to continue its quest to save lives at sea.

“That’s why two of our very own volunteer lifesavers, crew members Dougie Wright and Geoff Mills, have got together and will be hitting the tarmac along Exmouth Seafront on Saturday 15 May 2021 to raise those urgent and much-needed funds for Exmouth RNLI.

“But they won’t just be running a mile. Our two intrepid volunteers will be endeavouring to complete a relay of no less than 72 kilometer, representing one kilometer for every lifesaving emergency Exmouth RNLI Lifeboats were tasked to attend in 2020.

“Not only that, but just for good measure they will be running some of the relay in RNLI crew kit.”

  • You can donate to the 72 for 72 challenge here.

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