Tour de Yorkshire 2016 Returns For a second Year with RNLI as official charity.
The Tour de Yorkshire, is an event that arose from the success and popularity of the 2014 tour de France , it returns in 2016 for a second year with new routes and new challenges. It has recently been announced that the official charity for second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire will be The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The Tour de Yorkshire commences on the 29th April ending May 1st 2016
The charity was selected by the Welcome to Yorkshire Board and so all funds raised through the partnership with the Tour de Yorkshire will be re – invested locally into RNLI activity in Yorkshire. Within Yorkshire there are nine RNLI lifeboat stations and in 2014, the volunteer crews from these local lifeboat stations rescued 275 people.The RNLI works throughout the UK and Ireland, both on the coastlines and also inland waterways. The RNLI Flood Rescue Team recently helped more than 300 people over a three day deployment during flooding in Cumbria.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “We are very excited to be partnering up with the RNLI for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
The RNLI provides lifesaving services across Yorkshire and the UK and we know that many race spectators will have come across their work or may even be RNLI volunteers themselves.”
The race provides a great platform for the RNLI to fundraise and to raise awareness and we will be supporting them wholeheartedly over the next few months.”
Leesa Harwood, RNLI Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director said:
We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire. The event takes place over the same weekend as the RNLI’s national fundraising campaign, Mayday, and will enable us to raise vital funds to save lives at sea.”
The RNLI relies on voluntary donations and without our supporters we simply wouldn’t be able to provide crews with the equipment and training they need, or fund our safety programmes to help educate children and adults alike about how to keep out of danger at the coast and on inland waterways.”
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