Find answers to our most frequently asked general questions.
The RNLI was founded, with royal patronage, in 1824. The charity was originally called the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck and was later renamed the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in 1854.
You can find your nearest lifeboat station using our search facility – simply enter your postcode or the station you’re looking for. Once located, you will find the contact details for the lifeboat station.
Alternatively, contact us and we can help you find the contact details for your local lifeboat station.
You can find a wealth of information and advice about staying safe on, in and around the water in our safety pages.
You can arrange collection of your donations by contacting your local RNLI Community Fundraising Support Team.
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As a member of the Fundraising Regulator, we always aim to provide the highest level of customer service to all of our supporters.
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Our Supporter Experience Team are available Monday–Friday between 8am and 6pm.