What is Mayday?

A mayday call is the most urgent plea RNLI lifesavers receive and is used when life is in immediate danger. Usually our lifesavers answer calls for help. But today, with summer on the way, it’s they who need YOUR help.  

We’re expecting more families than ever to book holidays in the UK and Ireland this year. People are excited to get away – and that’s how it should be. But it’s so easy to get into trouble by the water. For walkers to get cut off by the tide. For a paddling child to be swept out to sea. 

We’re raising funds to keep brave lifesavers kitted and trained to deal with these emergencies – and come home safe themselves. Will you join in The Mayday Mile and help make sure the memories we make this summer are precious ones? 

Who are the RNLI?

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Powered primarily by kind donations, our search and rescue service has been saving lives for nearly 200 years. Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water. It’s a problem that we’re here to tackle. 

Today, with your support, we are working harder than ever to end preventable drowning. In addition to our 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service, we operate a seasonal lifeguard service. Every year, our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards help and rescue thousands of people and have saved over 143,000 lives since 1824. Countless more lives are saved through our youth education and water safety work. 

Right now, with our income falling during one of the toughest times the world has ever faced, we need your help more than ever.