Fish Supper donation box

Frequently asked questions

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, get in touch with

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: Pay in online 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 debit 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’. You can post cheques using the freepost envelope provided in your fundraising pack or address to: RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ (for the UK) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution, FREEPOST, Airside, Swords, Co. Dublin K67 WA24 (for Ireland).


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

We need to receive your fundraising total by 25 November 2017.

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 you’ll 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).

How do I collect donations?

Asking your guests to make a donation to the RNLI shouldn’t feel awkward, especially since everyone will know the purpose behind a Fish Supper. To make it easier, we’ll send you a folding donation box in your fundraising pack. All you have to do is put it together, place it where everyone can see it, and invite your guests to do their part.

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 £127 on average, often with just a handful of guests.

Where can I get help on hosting a Fish Supper?

We’ll send you a free fundraising pack when you sign up. This will tell you everything you need to know about Fish Supper. You’ll find free recipes and a hosting checklist to inspire you, game ideas, and place cards for your dinner table. We recommend signing up as early as possible to make sure you get your pack in time. If you’d like to contact one of the Fish Supper Team directly, you can send your query to

 I’m busy from 13-15 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. We just like the idea of families and friends across the UK and Ireland all sitting down to a delicious Fish Supper over the same weekend. The only date that really does matter is 25 November 2017. That’s the deadline for sending in your donations to the RNLI.

What if I’m unable to host a Fish Supper at home?

If you’re unable to host a Fish Supper, you can still help raise funds for the RNLI by dining out in one of our participating Fish Supper restaurants over the weekend of October 13 to 15. 

How does dine out work?

If you go for the dine out option, you don’t need to sign up to receive your fundraising pack. You simply enjoy your supper as normal at any participating restaurant over Fish Supper weekend (October 13 to 15), and a portion of your bill will be donated to the RNLI on your behalf. No need to collect donations from everyone, and more importantly no washing up necessary!

What do I do if my pack hasn’t turned up?

If you haven’t received your pack within 10 working days (12 working days in the Republic of Ireland) then please drop us a line at: and we’ll be able to help you out.

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

Pay in your funds raised

Thank you for hosting your RNLI Fish Supper! Your donations mean we can carry on saving lives at sea.

When your supper has been served, we have a few ways to make it easy for you to pay in your pennies and pounds.