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Thanksgiving services

On Monday 4 March 2024 the RNLI marked its 200th anniversary, 200 years of lifesaving that has seen over 144,000 lives being saved. That has all been possible because of people like you, and the RNLI One Crew.

Westminster Thanksgiving Service

The Westminster Thanksgiving Service was held on the 4 March 2024 - provided by Westminster Abbey.

An RNLI representative from every RNLI community was invited to come together for this special moment in London, which incidentally took place at the same time the RNLI founding papers were signed back in 1824. The service itself was choreographed by both the RNLI and Westminster, and was designed to commemorate all that has come before, celebrate the lifesavers of today and inspire the next generation who will continue lifesaving for many years to come.

There were moments that represent all the RNLI regions and countries, all of the various people that come together to form the One Crew, and there were also some very special readings and poems that brought the lifesaving story to life.

You can watch back this unique moment for the RNLI. Recording begins at 16:21.

The video is available until 11.30am on 3rd April.

The RNLI is extremely grateful to the 200 Club members and for the generous legacy of Richard Colton, all of whom have kindly helped support our 200th anniversary programme of events.

Glasgow Thanksgiving Service

On the 10 March 2024, Glasgow Cathedral will host a Thanksgiving service honouring 200 years of the RNLI saving lives at sea. During this service, we aim to commemorate those who have gone before us, celebrate our incredible volunteers of today, and inspire the next generation of lifesavers.

We welcome you to join us in person for the public service at Glasgow Cathedral at 11 am on Sunday, the 10 of March. The service is open to RNLI volunteers, staff, supporters and members of the public.

If you would like to watch the service but can not attend in person, you can find a live stream of the service following this link.