This is May Day weekend, but for one charity it’s Mayday weekend.
That charity is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and this May Day bank holiday is the Mayday fundraising weekend with events happening all over the country - all marked by the ubiquitous yellow welly.
We’re now hoping people will respond to our call, by volunteering a bit of their time to help with some of the collections and events we have plannedRachel Stewart, RNLI community fundraising manager
From Kirkwall in the north to Stranraer in the south, Scotland’s coastline is protected by teams of lifeboatmen and women, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
And common to all the volunteers are that essential piece of kit - the yellow welly, and this weekend events will acknowledge that with a yellow welly theme to their fundraising.
In 2014 the RNLI rescued 1175 people saving the lives of 51 of all ages up from 29 lives saved in 2013. The total number of incidents (known as shouts) was 1004, a slight rise from 995 recorded in 2013.
They are on-call 24/7, every day of the year, ready to respond to emergencies at sea.
The boats are called to all sorts of emergencies - from full-scale maritime disasters, to rescuing dogs from cliffs.
Rachel Stewart, RNLI community fundraising manager, said: “The RNLI’s dedicated volunteer lifeboat crews are always ready to respond to the Mayday calls of those in distress at sea.
“We’re now hoping people will respond to our call, by volunteering a bit of their time to help with some of the collections and events we have planned for the four days spanning the May Day bank holiday weekend, or by taking part in a fundraising activity.”
She stressed: “RNLI lifeboat crews are volunteers, who are willing to give up their time and put their own lives at risk to rescue those in danger around our coastline.
“We hope people will get behind us and show their support. We have some fun events planned, so hopefully people will enjoy themselves while also doing their bit to support this lifesaving charity.”
And backing the brave crewmen and women is another team of volunteers - working behind the scenes at lifeboat stations, or in RNLI shops, as lifeguards on beaches or as fundraisers, as education or sea safety officers.
All money raised through Mayday events will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work .