Host a fishy fundraising supper and help the RNLI save lives at sea in Scotland

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), is calling on people across Scotland the to step up to the plate and host a Fish Supper this Autumn, in honour of lifeboat crew who miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones to save lives at sea.

The RNLI is encouraging people to host a fish-themed dinner party with friends or family between 14-16 October, to raise vital funds for the charity which saves lives at sea. 

In 2015 alone, the charity’s lifeboats launched 8,228 times and its volunteers rescued 7,973 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland. This includes 348 people who would have died if not for being saved by the RNLI.

Community fundraising manager Rachel Stewart said, ‘As the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops it’s a great time of year to invite friends and family round for a fish supper, the money you raise will be used to train and equip our volunteer crews so they can weather the winter storms.’

Guests are invited to make a donation to the RNLI whilst the host cooks up a storm. All proceeds from Fish Supper will help provide the best equipment and training for RNLI volunteers.

The importance of togetherness and team spirit is at the heart of the RNLI and is what makes the charity and its volunteers so special. In 2015 RNLI volunteer crew members missed nearly 7,000* meals to rescue people in need of assistance.

Arbroath lifeboat crew were able to enjoy their fish supper al fresco as they dined out on the deck of their Mersey class all weather lifeboat thanks to their local chippy, the Round ‘O’ Chip Shop. The Round ‘O’ are hosting their own fish supper and donating proceeds to Arbroath Lifeboat Station.

To request a free fundraising pack and receive more information, visit The website features recipes**, party game ideas and place name cards to help the evening go swimmingly.

The main weekend for holding a Fish Supper is between 14–16 October, however events can be held at any time. The RNLI is asking for donations to be sent in to the charity by 26 November.


1. Left to right, Arbroath lifeboat crew - Ron Churchill, Jamie Robertson, Neil Swankie, John Beattie, Andrew Spence, Peter Anelli, Richard Talbert

2. Left to right, Arbroath lifeboat crew - Andrew Spence, Richard Talbert, Peter Anelli, Neil Swankie, Ron Churchill, Jamie Robertson, John Beattie

3. Back left to right Alex smith, Helen Weir, Richard Talbert. Front L to R  Ron Churchill, John Beattie

4. Left to right, Arbroath lifeboat crew - Ron Churchill, Jamie Robertson, Neil Swankie, John Beattie, Andrew Spence, Peter Anelli, Richard Talbert

5. RNLI Fish Supper pack

Notes to Editors

• Follow the hashtag #RNLIFishSupper for updates on the campaign.
• The main corporate supporters for Fish Supper are: Lakeland, Saucy Fish Co. and Naked Wines.
• *Meal times are classed between 5pm and 8pm.
• **One minute videos are available to view by clicking on the following links: Fish curry, Fish cakes, Fish wrapper, Origami napkin video.

RNLI media contacts

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.