Nationally May is the main fund raising month for the RNLI under the banner of MAYDAY (the distress call at sea).
A major fund raising event currently taking place is the Yellow Welly Relay; a yellow welly that is worn by lifeboat crews is making its way from Portishead to Harwich stopping at all the 65 lifeboat stations on route, the manner of transfer is up to each station but is encouraged to be as varied as possible.
On Saturday 13th May the welly was passed from Lyme Regis to Weymouth via Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat onto the tall ship Pelican of London off of Portland Bill.
Weymouth inshore lifeboat met the Pelican out in Weymouth Bay and brought the welly into harbour and on to the all-weather lifeboat.
Beach lifeguards then took it to the beach and back onto the Pelican where the 1st and 5th Brownies Groups saw the welly and learnt more about the RNLI.
On Sunday 14th May five volunteer crew from Weymouth lifeboat along with a couple of supporter’s left Weymouth lifeboat station on push bikes for the 30 mile journey to Swanage