Performers in London’s West End are swapping their dancing shoes for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s yellow wellies in a show of support for Mayday, the charity’s national annual fundraising campaign which is calling out for people to “Do your bit, fund our kit”.
London’s STOMP cast showed off their dramatic moves, replicating iconic scenes from the show, in bright yellow wellies to help raise awareness for Mayday, which is raising funds for crucial RNLI kit for brave volunteer lifeboat crews.
Worn by generations of volunteer lifeboat crews to grip the deck in slippery conditions, the yellow wellies keep crew safe and steady on stormy seas, with reinforced toecaps to protect their feet.
STOMP performer Serena Morgan, said,
I enjoyed wearing the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies so much, that I wanted to take them home with me! It’s easy to forget how important water safety is and how valuable RNLI volunteer crew members are, so we want to inspire people to raise as much money for the charity as they can. I encourage everyone to visit RNLI.org/Mayday to see how they can support the campaign.”
Mayday distress calls can come in any time, day or night, 365 days a year, with 4,700 volunteer crew members from 238 lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland on standby to drop everything in an instant to save lives at sea.
Cub Llewelyn-Davies, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for London, said, “Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives. From sponsored bike rides and welly walks, to running a bake sale, there are all sorts of ways to raise money for the RNLI this Mayday. Visit RNLI.org/Mayday to download a fundraising pack and see how you can do your bit to fund our kit.”
The RNLI’s Mayday campaign runs throughout May and aims to raise £750,000 to fund lifesaving kit for the charity’s brave volunteer crews. A crew member’s yellow wellies cost £54 a pair, a lifejacket costs £458 and a safety helmet costs £263.
Mayday fundraising events are taking place right across the UK and Ireland, many with a yellow welly theme.
To find a Mayday event near you, or to download a fundraising pack, visit RNLI.org/Mayday.