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Welcome to the RNLI

  • Give it some welly this Mayday!

    Mayday is our biggest fundraising event of the year, where we celebrate and give thanks to our crews who put their lives on hold to save lives at sea.

    This Mayday we need people like you to show your support and fundraise or volunteer for us.

    Can we count on you?
    Mayday volunteers, helping us to give it some welly this Mayday!
  • Why we need your Mayday support

    Last year our lifeboat crews rescued 7,973 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland. That’s an average of 22 people a day.

    Raising funds this Mayday will help train and equip our volunteers so they’re always there for those in need.

    See them in action
    Watch our lifeboat crews in action
  • When the pager went off …

    Dan was getting married in the morning, Dave was teaching his son to ride a bike and David was planning to propose.

    Our crew members are ready to drop everything in a moment’s notice to save lives.

    Read their stories
    Our crew members are ready to drop everything in a moment’s notice to save lives.
  • From bakes to boats

    If you fancy a spot of baking to raise money this Mayday, look no further.

    Some talented, RNLI-supporting bakers have whipped up a batch of the tastiest fundraisers you’ve seen for some time.

    Get inspired
    A Shannon lifeboat-shaped bake (featuring Stormy Stan), next to a Shannon class lifeboat.
Give it some welly this Mayday!
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Build for a lifesaving future

Every volunteer crew member is counting on your help this Christmas.



Where does your money go?

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

in every pound/euro donated goes to the rescue service


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


Atlantic capsize training at RNLI College

20 April 2016

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Shorething! 7–14 year olds

The RNLI’s site for young people is crammed full of activities, games and videos.

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Latest lifeboat launches

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

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