In 2014, the RNLI rescued an average of 24 people every day and that wouldn’t be possible without you. Your support helps us bring people back to their families.
We would like to give a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who gave their time to help with the various Mayday events that happened all over the UK and Ireland.
Thousands of our volunteers and supporters went the extra mile to answer our Mayday call.
They braved the weather with collections and fun days, poured hundreds of cups of tea to support our crews and took urban knitting to a new level using the iconic yellow welly. They raised over £510,000 to help save lives at sea – an amazing total.
We even had the support of some high profile celebrities. Entrepreneur and Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson, television and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary, five-time Olympic rowing gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, the most successful sailor in Olympic history Sir Ben Ainslie, radio presenters Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry, and TV presenter and author Fern Britton all donned yellow wellies in support of Mayday.
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We depend on public donations to rescue people in danger. From essential kit to crew training and fuel for our lifeboats, your generosity keeps our lifeboat crews ready for emergencies 24 hours a day.
You’re a lifesaver! If you’ve finished your fundraising efforts, you can send us the total when you’ve collected it. Your support really will make a difference for our crews.
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Nigel and his son Andrew were on a support boat for the Celtic Challenge in 2013. Their yacht ran into trouble 4 miles off the coast and the situation deteriorated rapidly. The lifeboat arrived and got Nigel and his son home safely.
Russell Shaw will never forget the day he almost lost his two best friends, Eddie McElligott and Easy the dog. Eddie was walking Easy when he lost his footing and fell into the icy Thames. The Chiswick lifeboat crew acted swiftly and prevented a tragedy.
Dave was rescued by RNLI lifeboat crew members in 2007. He had a sailing accident and was knocked overboard by the boom. The quick responses of the crew inspired Dave and his friends, Dave and Paul, to fundraise for the RNLI.
Louisa and Peter were on holiday together in Staithes, North Yorkshire. While the couple were enjoying a walk along the pier, a wave dragged them into the sea. They were in trouble, but our crew members were quick to respond and pulled them to safety.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland | RNLI (Trading) Ltd - 1073377, RNLI (Sales) Ltd - 2202240, RNLI (Enterprises) Ltd - 1784500 and RNLI College Ltd - 7705470 are all companies registered in England and Wales at West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ. Images and copyright © RNLI 2015.