About the RNLI
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. They provide a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and RoI, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales.
Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI. The organisation relies on more than 40,000 volunteers – on lifeboats, at stations, on beaches, and in fundraising.
In 2011, RNLI lifeboats launched 8,905 times around the coasts of the UK and Ireland, rescuing 7,976 people.
Some crew members and most lifeguards are full time. They work with other staff to ensure comprehensive safety coverage around our islands. The RNLI is an independent charity with a board of volunteer trustees.
You can out more about the RNLI on their website.
Why I Have Chosen the RNLI
The reason I have decided to raise money for the RNLI is two-fold:
- I have been sailing for around 10 years and so far not had to call upon the services of the RNLI (and hope I never do), but I know people that have and have seen them in action. However if I do require their services it is comforting to know that they are there to be called upon – but they need funding to be able to continue to provide this highly professional and valued service!
- One of my school friends was lost at sea at an early age whilst working as an officer on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico. He left a legacy that funded an inshore lifeboat at Skegness in Lincolnshire that was named after him.
How to Donate
You can donate to the RNLI via my Virgin Money Giving Page. You can either:
- Donate to Cancer Research UK & The RNLI on a 50/50 basis, (my preference) or
- Donate 100% to RNLI.