We are Looe Lifeboats….With your support, we save lives at sea
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea
Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736).
Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland
We save lives by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service,
seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response.
As a charity, we depend on donations to power our lifesaving work. We can only continue to
save lives now, and in the future, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful supporters.
In 1891, the RNLI became the first charity to organise a street collection, marking the beginning
of a strong fundraising tradition. Today, we remain separate from the coastguard and
independent of government, so we rely on the generosity of our supporters to fund our work.
Fundraising groups throughout the UK and Ireland organise all sorts of fundraising activities,
year-round. From coffee mornings to quiz nights, rambles to races, and more. Many have close
links with their local lifeboat stations.
All money raised through Mayday, our national fundraising campaign, pays for vital kit for our
volunteer lifeboat crews. In 2019, the campaign raised over £605,800 (€712,700).
Gifts in Wills
Legacies are much more than gifts in Wills – they are the RNLI’s lifeline. They account for 66% of raised voluntary income, meaning that more than
6 out of 10 lifeboat launches are only possible thanks to gifts left to the RNLI in supporters' Wills.
In 2019, the RNLI received £126.5m raised through legacies (€148.8m).
Visit RNLI.org/legacy for more information
about leaving a gift to the RNLI in your Will.
RNLI shops are run entirely by volunteers. They boost funds and public support and can be found at many lifeboat stations. They stock a range of
RNLI-related and other products, with all profits going towards the charity’s lifesaving work.
Members and Supporters
Supporters are the lifeblood of the RNLI, making one-off or regular donations throughout the year. Many supporters choose personal challenges to
raise funds, or sign up for one of our membership options: Shoreline, Offshore, Governor or Storm Force (for children under the age of 11). For
more information, go to RNLI.org/membership.
The RNLI also relies on other organisations for support – such as companies and trusts. Company employees can support us through payroll
Figures taken from the RNLI Annual Report and Accounts 2019
87p in every
£1 funds our
13p in every £1
donated is used to
generate more funds
cost to run the RNLI
raised through legacies
You can support us by taking part in an organised
fundraising event, or planning one of your own.
Visit RNLI.org/fundraising for ideas
and more information.
Or, to donate, visit RNLI.org/donate.