Fish Supper dinner table set

Frequently asked questions

We know you probably have lots of questions about this year’s Fish Supper. You’ll find the most commonly asked questions here along with answers from the Fish Supper Team. If you’d like to submit a question you can email us.

How many people do I need to invite to a Fish Supper?

Whether you want to fill the house with new faces or just get the close family back round the table, choose as many guests as you can comfortably manage for a fun, stress-free evening. Last year, each Fish Supper raised a staggering £121 on average, often with just a handful of guests.

I’m busy from 11-27 October. Can I still host a supper?

We’ll let you into a secret … you can host your Fish Supper on any date that suits your schedule. The only date that really does matter is 2 December 2019. That’s the deadline for sending in your donations to the RNLI.

How will every donation help?

Every penny you raise will help save lives at sea. The funds you collect go towards the cost of our lifesaving and prevention work, and help keep our crews ready for emergencies. You’ll also be helping:

  • maintain our round-the-clock rescue service
  • provide water safety advice and education programmes locally and nationally
  • patrol 19,000 miles of coastline (that’s almost 3½ times longer than the Great Wall of China).

What do I do with my donations after the supper?

When your Fish Supper is over, there are three different ways to pay in your fundraising total. Please don’t send any cash through the post!

Online: Click Pay in and follow the step-by-step instructions. You will need a debit card or credit card.

By phone: Call 0300 300 9908 (UK) or 01 895 1800 (Republic of Ireland), and have your card handy. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday.

By post: Send a cheque for your total donation amount made payable to ‘The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’. If you are based in England, Wales and Scotland you can post cheques to FREEPOST RNLI. If you are based in the Republic of Ireland please send your cheque to RNLI FREEPOST, Airside Swords, Co Dublin

What’s the deadline to pay in my fundraising money?

We need to receive your fundraising total by 2 December 2019.

Can't find the answer to your question?

If you’d like to contact one of the Fish Supper Team directly, you can send your query to