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The cast of Stomp supporting the RNLI (Photo: Ben Lister/RNLI)

The cast of Stomp supporting the RNLI (Photo: Ben Lister/RNLI)

Stomp swap wheelie bins for charity’s wellies

Published 27 April 2017

Performers from the West End’s acclaimed show Stomp are swapping their wheelie bins for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s yellow wellies in a show of support for Mayday, the charity’s national annual fundraising campaign which is calling out for people to ‘Do your bit, fund our kit’.

London’s Stomp cast showed off their dramatic moves, replicating iconic scenes from the show, in bright yellow wellies to help raise awareness for Mayday, which is raising funds for crucial RNLI kit for brave volunteer lifeboat crews.

The cast of Stomp supporting the RNLI (Photo: Ben Lister/RNLI)

The cast of Stomp supporting the RNLI (Photo: Ben Lister/RNLI)

Worn by generations of volunteer lifeboat crews to grip the deck in slippery conditions, the yellow wellies keep crew safe and steady on stormy seas, with reinforced toecaps to protect their feet.

Stomp performer Serena Morgan said: ‘I enjoyed wearing the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies so much, that I wanted to take them home with me! It’s easy to forget how important water safety is and how valuable RNLI volunteer crew members are, so we want to inspire people to raise as much money for the charity as they can.’

Mayday distress calls can come in any time, day or night, 365 days a year, with 4,700 volunteer crew members from 238 lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland on standby to drop everything in an instant to save lives at sea.

Cub Llewelyn-Davies, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for London, said: ‘Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives. From sponsored bike rides and welly walks, to running a bake sale, there are all sorts of ways to raise money for the RNLI this Mayday.’

The cast of Stomp supporting the RNLI (Photo: Ben Lister/RNLI)

The cast of Stomp supporting the RNLI (Photo: Ben Lister/RNLI)

The RNLI’s Mayday campaign runs throughout May and aims to raise £750,000 to fund lifesaving kit for the charity’s brave volunteer crews. A crew member’s yellow wellies cost £54 a pair, a lifejacket costs £458 and a safety helmet costs £263.

More information on the RNLI’s Mayday campaign, including details of how you can get involved with events across the UK and Ireland, can be found here.

Stomp, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, is currently booking at London’s Ambassadors Theatre until 7 January 2018. 

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