Thank you – from one lifesaver to another

Your support is a lifesaver. Watch Matt Thomas, volunteer at Poole Lifeboat Station, explain why.

Matt is a doctor, who also gives his time to look after his local lifeboat crew as medical advisor – he checks they’re healthy, makes them tea after a long rescue, and washes down the lifeboat. He does it because he believes everyone who helps save lives at sea is special, whether they are volunteers or supporters. And that’s why he has recorded a message for you.

Your support saves lives

Volunteers like Matt couldn't do what they do without your support. They have the dedication and selflessness. You provide them with the equipment and training they need to save lives. Every sponsored run. Every bake sale. Every donation you make. They all help us to save lives at sea.

Find out more about the lifesaving you support

If you want to read incredible rescue stories, hear from our volunteers what it's like to be a part of the RNLI, or delve into our long history of lifesaving, then visit our news and features section. Here is a sample of some of the stories you can find.

Paddleboarder pulled from clutches of death: A lone paddleboarder hits gale-force winds and ends up in the icy water. A team of rescuers, on land, sea and air start a desperate search.

‘I thought: That’s it, that’s me gone’: Read how advice from an RNLI lifeguard saved surfer Ruth Osborne's life.

Meet Fergus: Lifeboat volunteer at Courtown Lifeboat Station: Fergus is a volunteer helm at Courtown Lifeboat Station. He’s been part of the team, saving lives, for around 12 years. 

Fraserburgh, 1919: A capsized crew in a courageous community: You’re on shore, expecting to watch your local lifeboat crew rescue a ship in trouble. Imagine witnessing that lifeboat capsize, throwing 10 men into the wild and icy sea.