RNLI fundraising campaign ‘booted’ by Ground Expresso Bars

Mayday, Mayday - Help save lives at sea, by filling wellies with your pennies
Mayday, Mayday - Help save lives at sea, by filling wellies with your pennies

Ulster folk are being encouraged to eat cake and fill a wellie to help raise vital funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Northern Ireland.

The charity’s national annual fund raising event, ‘Mayday’ will see staff at local independent coffee house Ground Espresso Bars’ 17 shops wear wellies on April 30 to encourage customers to support the Mayday campaign.

Nicola Kelly, Community Fundraising Manager in Northern Ireland said: “RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews’ around Northern Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers go.

“The Mayday campaign is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our lifesaving service, which we operate day and night, 365 days a year.”

Money raised through Mayday fund raising events will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work in Northern Ireland – it could be used to fund crew training, buy new crew kit, or contribute towards the running The RNLI operates 237 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,228 times, rescuing 7,973 people and saving 348 lives.

The RNLI’s Mayday campaign launches on Tuesday 26th April and runs through to the May Day bank holiday on Monday 2nd May.

The signature wellie pins will also be available to buy in Ground Espresso Bars throughout the campaign for just £1.