However you do it, help keep summer safe with The Mayday Mile.

A mayday is an urgent call for help. Usually, RNLI lifesavers answer mayday calls and go to rescue others. But this May, with the busiest summer season on the way, it’s they who need YOUR help.

The Mayday Mile is a way to answer their call. Cover the distance however you like. Alone or with a friend*. Just once or every day for a week. In wellies or on a unicycle. It’s entirely up to you.

When you do The Mayday Mile, you’re giving RNLI lifesavers what they need to rescue others, and to come home safe themselves. From first aid training to breathable kit that helps them keep their cool, there are so many vital things you could help fund.

Thanks to you, we’ll be one step closer to the happy, fun and safe summer we all deserve this year.

Will you go the distance?


The Mayday Mile takes place virtually from 1-16 May 2021. You can complete your challenge at a time that suits you during these dates. But don’t worry if you can’t join us then as the challenge will be open throughout the rest of May.


Anywhere you like! Why not surprise us? In your garden, on the beach or halfway up a mountain. You can choose where you take on The Mayday Mile.

*The only thing we ask is that you adhere to the government guidance and keep yourself safe when completing your challenge.

Step 1

Choose how you’ll take on the challenge and cover the distance however you like. For inspiration download our Mayday Mile Inspiration guide on our resources page.

Step 2

Personalise your JustGiving fundraising page and share it with all your friends and family.

Step 3

Raise as much money as you can. Every penny or cent you raise will provide our lifesavers with everything they need to save every one they can. Anyone who raises £55/€55 or over will receive our special Mayday Mile medal - a reminder of your amazing support of our frontline rescuers.

Step 4

Share your story and tell us how you’re taking on the challenge on social media using #MyMaydayMile.

Around 200 people lose their lives in the water every year. Families wrenched apart by the unpredictability of the sea. And it could happen to anyone. But when you take on The Mayday Mile you will help our lifesavers save more lives.


£25/€28 could provide a pair of sea-going gloves to protect our lifesavers from wind-chill and rope burn.

£55/€61 could buy a pair of sturdy, protective, non-slip boots to keep volunteers sure-footed at sea.

£100/€111 could help us bring water safety lessons to schoolchildren for the summer season.

*The euro exchange rate is equivalent to 1.1118.

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