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Welcome to the RNLI

  • This Christmas, spare a thought

    Winter throws a lot at our lifeboat crews. Gale-force winds, rough seas, driving rain and freezing temperatures.

    At Christmas they'll be ready to leave loved ones to save the lives of others. But your support will help bring them home safely.

    See what they do for us
    Support your lifeboat crews this Christmas
  • 'Thank you for being there'

    Just one of the thousands of messages of support you have sent as part of our Christmas appeal.

    Well we'd like to thank you for being there because without you, we simply couldn't do it.

    Merry Christmas!

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  • Give a gift
    that saves lives this Christmas

    Wherever they are, whatever they're doing. Our volunteers drop everything to save lives at sea.

    With our Lifesaving Gifts at RNLI Shop, you can support them from just £5 and send at any time as an ecard.

    Choose your Lifesaving Gift
    Scarborough Crew Member Dave Horsely
  • Send Christmas wishes online

    There's so much to do at this time of year, it's a wonder how we manage to fit it all in.

    So if you've missed the post, don't panic! You can send last-minute Christmas ecards in support of the RNLI from just 30p.

    Choose an ecard
    Send RNLI Christmas ecards from just 30p
  • Create Christmas

    We're looking for budding artists aged 5–16 to design a Christmas card that could be sent to thousands next year.

    Winning designs will go on sale at and in RNLI shops across the UK and Ireland, raising vital lifesaving funds.

    Enter the competition
    Two of the winning designs from our 2014 Create Christmas competition
This Christmas, spare a thought
See what they do for us

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Sennen Cove lifeboat crew
Our lifeboat crews are on call this Christmas. They’re ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice. Can they count on you to support them?  


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.


Wreath laying from Whitby RNLI lifeboat at site of Rohilla wreck

01 November 2014

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Shorething! for 7–14 year olds

The place to go for activities, games and our Storm Force club for young people the perfect gift for any occasion.

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