RNLI search for volunteers in Glasgow

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is searching for volunteers in Glasgow. We’re looking for people to help us save lives at sea without even having to get wet.

The charity that saves lives at sea is setting up a fundraising network in Glasgow to support our lifesaving operations in communities around the Clyde and throughout Scotland.

The RNLI family is made up of volunteers who dedicate their time to crew our lifeboats, raise money and work on prevention initiatives. Many people even choose to take on more than one role to support the charity’s aims.

There are 46 lifeboat stations around Scotland as well as seven lifeguarded beaches and a flood rescue team.

The RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign Respect the Water is also currently in full swing with the aim of halving the number of coastal fatalities across the UK and Ireland by 2024 (the charity’s bicentenary).

The RNLI aims to do this by working closely with communities to implement measures that will reduce the number of people who get into difficulty in the water in the first place.

RNLI Divisional Operations Manager Paul Jennings said ‘Fundraising and volunteering are at the very heart of the RNLI.

‘The charity is entirely funded by voluntary contribution and it is RNLI volunteers who save lives at sea, whether by crewing our lifeboats, raising money to kit out and train our crews or working on prevention initiatives in their community.

‘I would encourage anyone who feels they can spare the time and would like to do something to make a difference in their community to come along to this event and find out what it’s all about.’

If you would like to find out more about joining our amazing team of dedicated volunteers and making a difference in your community then come along to our event:

Tuesday 21 June 12pm – 2pm at the SCVO Office, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

Contact RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Lynsey Anderson on 07557191865

You can also visit www.rnli.org for more information

Pictures

Troon lifeboat (credit Richard Whitson)

Fundraising with the RNLI (credit Rob McDougal)

RNLI media contacts

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk  

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland