An iconic yellow welly is being relayed along the coast by as many different methods of transport as possible to raise awareness for the RNLI’s ‘Mayday’ appeal.

The Yellow Welly Relay started at Lyme Regis on 1st May and will continue along the south and south east coast to finally arrive at Teddington on the River Thames on the 31st May. The RNLI is hoping to raise £750K through Mayday to fund essential volunteer crew kit. The Yellow Welly arrived at Eastbourne Lifeboat Shop / Museum on Wednesday 16 May having travelled from our flank station at Newhaven. It was then taken in style aboard a vintage Rolls Royce to the Fisherman’s Club where fundraising volunteers enjoyed a fish pie lunch whilst being entertained by folk musicians Joy Lewis and Deryck Hughes. Fundraising volunteers were also given a conducted tour of the nearby inshore lifeboat station. The welly later continued its journey to Hastings lifeboat station.

Eastbourne lifeboats would like to thank Phil Power, proprietor of The Vintage Motoring Co of Eastbourne for the use of his vintage Rolls Royce and to the Fishermen’s Club for their hospitality at the first pit stop.