Three crew members from Scarborough’s inshore lifeboat walking from the sea onto the beach while socially distancing.

Photo: RNLI/Erik Woolcott

'Will you answer our call?'

'This summer, as crowds return to our beaches more people will get into trouble – and more people will need our help.

'We’ll have our work cut out to answer all those calls. The health crisis has taken its toll on lifesaving – disrupting crew training and delaying the arrival of kit. And we’re going to need your help this summer more than ever.

'So we’re sending out a Mayday call of our own, to you. A donation from you will help us get through a challenging summer. Can you help us save lives by answering our Mayday call?’

Rob Gaunt, Volunteer Lifeboat Helm at Scarborough

Beaches will get much busier this summer

More people will get into danger

Our lifesavers will answer every call

A gift from you will make you a lifesaver too

Two photos with white borders and overlapping: lifeguard on a rescue watercraft talking to a group of surfers, and crew member with face mask on an all-weather lifeboat

This summer could be our busiest ever

And your donation will save lives in so many ways. It’s the training that empowers our lifesavers to know exactly what to do, whatever they’re faced with. It’s the stations and lifeboats, the fuel and kit that make every rescue possible. It’s the safety education that helps children stay safe when they’re near water – and know what to do if they find themselves in danger.

In 2020, for every £1/€1 spent on charitable activities, 56p/56c was on lifeboats, property and equipment; 27p/27c on running the lifeboat service; 11p/11c on lifeguard rescue; 4p/4c on safety, education and awareness; and 2p/2c on international drowning prevention.

Photo credit: RNLI/Nathan Williams, Callum Robinson

If you've got any questions about our appeal, or would like to donate by phone, please call our Supporter Experience Team on 0300 300 9907 (from the UK) or 01 511 9833 (from Ireland) any weekday, 8am–6pm.

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