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Celebrating 195 years of lifesaving

It's our birthday! Since 1824, the RNLI has witnessed many firsts – from the invention of the lifejacket to the introduction of lifeboats on the River Thames. 

Although a lot has changed since Sir William Hillary’s vision came to life, the dedication of our volunteers and supporters remains the same. Thank you for helping us save more than 142,000 lives.

Take a look at our video to see our incredible history come to life:

Fancy making more lifesaving history with us? Join us and become an RNLI volunteer. We'd love to have you onboard!