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.

Money Matters

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

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 giving.
Figures taken from the RNLI Annual Report and Accounts 2019
87p in every £1 funds our lifesaving activities
13p in every £1 donated is used to generate more funds
Where your money goes
In 2019 £181.5M (€213.5M) cost to run the RNLI £52.4M (€61.6M) raised through donations £126.5M (€148.8M) 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.