With Hull’s maritime history, proximity to the North Sea coast and a marathon route that takes runners over and alongside Hull’s rivers, marina and docklands it’s very appropriate that one of our charity partners for 2017 is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The RNLI provides a 24-hour search and rescue service in the UK and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations – 4 of them in our local area: Bridlington, Withernsea, Spurn Point and Cleethorpes. Volunteers make up 95% of staff, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. The RNLI also 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. Since it was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives
Amy Casbolt, RNLI Fundraising Manager said: “The RNLI is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities for the RB Hull Marathon. The newly revamped event will provide a fantastic opportunity for people to take on an exciting challenge while knowing that every step is helping to save lives at sea. We’d love it if people signed up as soon as possible and ran on our behalf. We’ll provide people with an RNLI running vest, sponsor forms and of course lots of cheering and encouragement on the day.”
The RNLI is a charity and relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. If you would like to run the RB Hull Marathon for the RNLI and raise funds to help save lives at sea please email email@example.com or phone 0300 300 9908. There is no minimum sponsorship.
Tune in to Estuary TV this week to listen to an interview with Matt McNally from Cleethorpes Lifeboat Station. He’ll be talking about the vital work he and his colleagues do and encouraging people to run to raise funds for the RNLI.