• Skip to content
  • Cookies
  • College
  • Shop
  • Respect the water
  • Education
  • News Centre
  • Recruitment
  • Contact us
Content anchor

Welcome to the RNLI

  • We need you
    this Mayday

    Join us from 1-4 May for our biggest fundraising event of the year when we celebrate and give thanks to our volunteer lifeboat crews.

    Whether you donate, fundraise or volunteer, your help will ensure they're always there.

    Let’s give it some welly!
    Mayday supporters on the beach – together we can give it some welly!
  • Together today, thanks to you

    Your donations help bring loved ones back home to their families.

    That’s why we need you this Mayday.

    Meet some of the people and animals alive today thanks to our selfless lifeboat crews and your support.

    Read their stories
    Just some of the families we have reunited thanks to your support
  • Knit your own #YellowWelly!

    Yellow wellies are an important piece of kit for our lifeboat crews.

    And now you can knit your own!

    Download the pattern and find more welly-themed fundraising ideas for Mayday right here.

    Get fundraising!
    Knit yellow wellies for Mayday!
  • Celebrities give it some welly!

    In true Mayday spirit, a host of celebrities have donned yellow wellies in support of our lifeboat crews across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

    These outstanding shots were aptly taken by photographer and volunteer Crew Member Nigel Millard.

    More on our celebrity support
    Celebrities don yellow wellies in support of Mayday, our biggest fundraising event of the year. Photos: RNLI / Nigel Millard
  • 100 years ago: A fateful Mayday call

    On 1 May 1915 the steamship Lusitania left New York bound for Liverpool with 1,959 people onboard. But she was never to arrive.

    This Mayday, we remember all the lives lost and pay tribute to the rescue efforts of our lifeboat volunteers.

    Remembering the Lusitania
    The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner Lusitania. Photo: Bundesarchiv, DVM 10 Bild-23-61-17 / CC-BY-SA
We need you
this Mayday
Let’s give it some welly!

We think that you are outside the UK and Ireland Change location?


Donate to Amble's Shannon lifeboat appeal
Help us fund a new Shannon class lifeboat for Amble Lifeboat Station.  


Where does your money go?

Where does your money go pie chart 83p/83c

in every pound/euro donated goes to the lifesaving service


in every pound/euro donated is reinvested to generate more funds.


Mumbles lifeboat rescues Marly the dog

08 April 2015

See all videos


235 Red Wallet

View and buy now235 Red Wallet

Happy Birthday Storm Force!

Happy 30th Birthday Storm Force!Join our 30th birthday celebrations - sign little ones up to our club.

Join today

Latest lifeboat launches

This list is connected to the pagers carried by the RNLI's lifeboat crew members.

View Map

Latest launches

More recent launches ►