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England rugby star reveals new nautical tattoo in support of H2Only challenge

Lifeboats News Release

Jack Nowell, England and Exeter Chiefs rugby player and his girlfriend have revealed their new ink as a badge of support for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) H2Only fundraising challenge and to encourage people to take part.

H2Only sees people commit to giving up the drinks they love for 10 days, staying on the water to raise vital funds to support the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews.

Jack Nowell said: “I am really happy to support this year’s H2Only fundraising challenge. As a charity, the RNLI relies on the generosity of the public. Its courageous volunteer lifeboat crews are ready to drop everything to save lives at sea 24 hours a day. Anyone brave enough to take on the H2Only challenge can sign up at Good luck!”

The temporary tattoos last 10 days, the length of the challenge, which runs from 13-23 September. Everyone that signs up to take on the H2Only challenge will receive this exclusive temporary tattoo, to proudly display while they take on the watery challenge.

Winni Jarvis, a volunteer crew member at Tower lifeboat station on the banks of the Thames, took on the H2Only challenge last year. The stylish inking is inspired by the heroic rescues that take place on our waters every day and will last the course of the challenge. With thousands of H2Only participants set to take part up and down the country, they are a great way to show everyone that they’re staying on the water to help the RNLI stay on the water.

Volunteer crew member, Winni Jarvis said: “I really love the tattoo designed for this year’s H2Only challenge. I hope everyone taking on the challenge enjoys wearing it as a badge of honour! Giving up all drinks except water for 10 days is really tough, but all the money raised through H2Only will help volunteers like me continue to save lives.”

Last year, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 7,973 people and saved 348 lives. To sign up, visit

Notes to editors

Please contact the H2Only press team at / 020 7025 6613 for further information and images.

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