Supporting the RNLI’s Mayday campaign

Saving lives off the coast

22nd May 2018

As a company helping people like you sail the seas and enjoy life on the water, we know how important it is to have a service that protects people enjoying the coast. It’s even more impressive when the service relies largely on volunteers giving up their free time to protect life. This is why we support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea in the UK, Ireland the Channel Islands. One of the Latesail team is in the final stages of joining the crew at Gravesend, which will fulfil a long standing ambition.  

RNLI lifeboat fleets, volunteer crews and lifeguards provide a 24-hour rescue service, saving more than 142,000 lives since it was established in 1824. This month the charity is running Mayday, a yellow-themed annual fundraiser that asks people to “Do their bit and fund our kit” between 1 and 31 May.


Our donation pledge

The charity aims to raise £750,000 during its Mayday campaign to fund a kit upgrade, supplied by Helly Hansen. This kit is vital to keep volunteer crews safe during very cold temperatures faced during rescues.

To help, we will match every £1 donated by customers booking with us during May, June and July. These donations will help the RNLI provide practical help to those enjoying the water every single day.

RNLI facts

  • 350 all-weather and inshore lifeboats plus 100 relief lifeboats
  • 238 lifeboat stations
  • Cover for 19,000 miles of coastline
  • 2017: 8,436 launches, helping 8,072 people
  • 24 callouts a day on average
  • Lifeguard patrols at 240 beaches
  • 16 regional flood rescue team to carry out search and rescue operations
  • 1 in 10 RNLI volunteers join from a professional maritime occupation
  • The RNLI working international at global policy level to reduce drowning worldwide
  • Over 142,000 lives saved since it was founded

How you can get involved

Raising £750,000 would provide 117 full all-weather crew kits, 3,476 wellies, 410 lifejackets and 7,502 pairs of gloves. To get involved,  download the fundraising pack and join the conversation online using #MaydayEveryDay.

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