RNLI launches H2Only challenge
Friday 22 May 2015
Author: Luke Blissett
No tea. No coffee. No fizzy drinks. No wine. No beer. No orange juice.
This summer, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is challenging people in Skegness to give up all drinks except water for 10 days to raise vital funds for the lifesaving charity.
The H2Only challenge runs from 5pm on Tuesday 2 June to 5pm on Friday 12 June, with participants giving up the drinks they love for 10 long days and drinking nothing but water throughout the challenge.
Richard Watson, Skegness lifeboat second coxswain, says: 'The H2Only challenge is extremely tough. We know that going 10 days without a morning cuppa, a pint after work or a can of fizzy drink will be really hard for everyone taking part.
'Every pound raised is so important to the RNLI. As a charity, we rely on the support and generosity of the public so that we can continue to save lives at sea. So I’d like to thank everyone who signs up to take on the H2Only challenge. Please stay on the water for those tough 10 days to help us stay on the water.'
Everyone who signs up to take on the challenge will receive a pack containing H2Only temporary tattoos to proudly display. The tattoos, which have a seafaring theme, last up to 10 days – so participants can show off their exclusive H2Only "ink" while taking on the tough challenge.
All those brave enough to take on the challenge can sign-up now at H2Only.org.uk.
Richard continues: 'I’d encourage people to sign-up with a group of friends or work colleagues and take on the H2Only challenge as part of a team. Just like an RNLI lifeboat crew, they’ll be able to rely on each other for support when the going gets tough and they hit choppy waters during the challenge.'
Participants will be able to download the free H2Only app from Google Play and the Apple App Store from Tuesday 26 May. The app is designed to make the 10 days fun, with daily challenges being set and pictures and videos from other H2Only participants being shared. The Apple version of the app is also compatible with the new Apple Watch.
During the same 10 day H2Only challenge period last year, RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crews saved 9 lives, with lifeboat crews launching 272 times and rescuing 289 people, while RNLI lifeguards attended 111 incidents and aided 189 people.
In 2014, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards across the UK and Ireland rescued 10,083 people, and saved 460 lives.
1. Tower lifeboat station volunteer crew member Winni Jarvis, supporting the H2Only campaign with an "I'm H2Only" temporary tattoo. (Credit: RNLI/Sophie Coller-Nielsen)
2. Volunteer lifeboat crew member Steffan Ciccotti sipping on a cup of RNLI tea-free tea. (Credit: RNLI/Sophie Coller-Nielsen)
3. An RNLI H2Only tea-free tea bag. (Credit: RNLI)