As a charity, we depend on people like you to help us meet the cost of saving lives at sea. Our volunteer lifeboat crew members give their time for free, but they need training, well-maintained equipment, lifeboats and shore facilities. Your support means our crews can save lives quickly, safely and effectively.
Giving our lifesavers everything they need and deserve – from boots to boats – is costly. There are 236 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, and our lifeguards patrol over 200 beaches each summer.
Each year it costs over £140M to run our lifesaving service. For every £1 donated, 83p goes to the rescue service, and 17p is reinvested to generate more funds.
Find out how we used our funds to go to the rescue last year.
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