A hand putting money into an RNLI Lifeboats fundraising bucket

Croydon Fundraising Branch

Our team of community fundraising volunteers in and around Croydon devote their time to raising vital funds for the RNLI.

Contact us

Name: Mr David Bowker

Role: Secretary 

Email: vlt43@btinternet.com

Additional Contact

Name: Stephen Burl

Role: Chairman 

Email: s.burl@virginmedia.com

Branch information

The Croydon Branch are a small group of volunteers who aim to raise funds for the RNLI from the Croydon area, including Addiscombe, Shirley, New Addington and Thornton Heath.

People often ask us why we do what we do when we are so far from the sea. Our answer is that we are just a short train journey from the busiest Lifeboat station in the country, at Waterloo Bridge on the River Thames, with more than 500 launches in 2016. There are two other Lifeboat stations on this busy river, at Chiswick and Teddington and the funds from the Croydon fundraising branch help raise awareness of and supports this vital service in London as well as Lifeboat stations throughout the UK and Ireland.

The branch take part in a variety of fundraising, with tram and railway stations collections, collections at supermarkets as well as the sale of merchandise at various church and local event markets, quiz nights and an annual 10-pin bowling event.

We always need people who are willing to help us at various collections and events in the local area throughout the year. We would also welcome you to serve on our committee, helping shape future fundraising activities, and would love to see younger persons who could spare a few hours to help us help others to save lives at sea and the River Thames.

Please contact the Chairman for opportunities at this branch or check our volunteering vacancies.

Quiz and Curry Banquet
Join us for a fun quiz in aid of the RNLI Lifeboats, together with a curry banquet. Sunday 19 November at 7.30 at Vujon, 360 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 7AF. £17 per person. To book teams (maximum 8), or just come on your own and join a team on the night, contact Steve on 0790 383 1985 or s.burl@virginmedia.com.

26th Annual RNLI Charity Concert
A memorial concert for Charlie Gaisford (musician), who died in a fishing accident in Ilfracombe in the 1990s. Saturday 2 December, 7 to 11pm with bar and raffle at Ruskin House, 23 Coomber Road, Croydon CR0 1BD. Tickets on the door £8. Further details: 07545 326 534   sutton-acoustic@blueyonder.co.uk.

Events around Croydon Fundraising Branch