RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

05/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/01/2019 09:16

Scotland on ‘Yellow’ Alert!

Landmarks across Scotland light up yellow to mark the start of the RNLI's Mayday campaign.

The landmarks which will be lit the same colour as the charity's iconic uniforms will light up to help spread awareness of the lifesaving work of the RNLI's volunteer crews.

From Glasgow's SSE Arena to McCaig's Tower in Oban and Ness Bridge in Inverness landmarks across the country are helping to raise awareness of the lifesaving work of the RNLI's volunteers whilst asking people to think about how they can help fund the charity's iconic yellow kit.

In 2018 Scotland's volunteer lifeboat crews launched 1185 times in every condition that Scotland's famously changeable weather could throw at them. From commercial fishing boats to kayakers and paddle boarders RNLI volunteers were ready at all times of the day and night to help people in need of rescue.

Therefore, during the whole month of May, people across Scotland are being asked to 'do your bit to fund our kit'. From lifting a lifeboat - getting gym teams together to lift the equivalent of a 30 tonne Tamar class lifeboat - to the more laid back task of baking some yellow welly biscuits, there's something that everyone can do.

Michael Ruiter, RNLI Area Manager for Fundraising said: 'During the month of May we're asking people across Scotland to do their bit to help fund our volunteer crews' lifesaving kit. The RNLI is entirely funded by the generosity of the public, we wouldn't exist without them and 'Mayday' gives people a chance to get creative and have a bit of fun, all whilst helping to save lives! For example a bake sale that raises £55 would buy a pair of our protective, steel toed, wellies for a crew member, those boots could take part in hundreds of shouts and play their part in saving lives at sea. If people want to get involved they can find lots of information at RNLI.org/Mayday.'

The RNLI hopes that when people see their favourite local landmark lit up in yellow, they will be inspired to get involved and help save lives at sea!

Notes to editors

The following landmarks will be lit up yellow for MayDay:

Titan Crane (Glasgow) 29th April

SSE Hydro (Glasgow) 29th April

McCaigs Tower and along seafront (Oban) 29th April and full month of May

Kelpies (Falkirk) - 29th April

Ness Bridge (Inverness) - 29th April

Aberdeen Arts Centre (Aberdeen) - 29th April

Wallace Tower, Ayrshire (nr Girvan) - 1st and 31st May

Stonehaven War Memorial 29th April

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact:

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland