Veteran marathon and long-distance runner Mary Nolan Hickey is supporting the RNLI’s national Mayday appeal ‘Do your bit – fund our kit’ to raise funds for the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews in Ireland.

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Mary Nolan Hickey (65) who recently completed a 1,509 mile ‘lap of the map’ of Ireland for the RNLI, said she appreciates the value of having and wearing the right clothing for performance:

“For RNLI volunteers, their specialist kit protects them against extreme conditions, giving them a firm footing on unsteady surfaces, allowing them to carry out their lifesaving work.”

Arklow lifeboat crew Sinead Myler, Jimmy Myler and Ned Dillon with Mary Nolan Hickey in Glendalough, Co Wicklow

Arklow RNLI mechanic Michael Fitgerald is one of many crew members who will be receiving a new all-weather lifeboat kit. 

“When we are on a callout, sometimes for many hours in all weathers, the kit will allow for easier movement and will help with the heat or cold…It means we can focus on the job at hand and not be restricted by our movements, something that is especially important when trying to get a casualty onboard in extreme sea conditions.”

Volunteers wishing to get involved can visit RNLI Mayday to register for a fundraising pack and join the social media conversation using the hastag #MaydayEveryDay, or by donating online or buying a yellow crew member pin badge. 

The cost of ONE all-weather lifeboat crew kit is €1,862.

In 2017, Irish RNLI lifeboat crews launched 1,103 times, bringing 1,342 people to safety.