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Welcome to the RNLI

  • March is
    Free Wills Month

    If you're aged 55 or over, you can have your Will written or amended for free this month.

    A Will ensures your wishes are honoured. And gives you the chance to leave a lasting legacy.

    Find out more
    Dover's Severn class lifeboat heading toward the white cliffs
  • Your legacy
    is our lifeline

    Your legacy will be much more than a gift in your Will.

    It will be the lifeboat that launches. The training of our volunteers. And the kit that protects them at sea.

    If you're writing or amending your Will, please ...

    Consider leaving a gift to the RNLI
    Arklow Coxswain Ned Dillon
  • Our volunteers are extraordinary

    Only one in 10 lifeboat crew members has professional maritime experience.

    But once trained, they're ready to brave the elements and unpredictable seas to save the lives of others.

    A gift in your Will can ensure they're prepared.

    See how you can make a difference
    Lifeboat crew braving the elements onboard a Tamar class all-weather lifeboat
  • How to name
    your lifeboat

    Many of our lifeboats are funded or part-funded by gifts in Wills.

    But what would you call yours?

    We take a look at the stories behind 10 colourful lifeboat names through the RNLI's history.

    Read more
    Relief Arun class lifeboat Newsbuoy at her naming ceremony in 1984
March is
Free Wills Month
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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.


Humber lifeboat helps evacuate sick cargo ship crewmen

23 February 2015

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The Lifeboat Book

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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

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Latest launches

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