RNLI receives £2500 to digitise records in the charity’s archive
The RNLI’s Heritage team has received a gift of £2,500 from The Patron’s Fund.
These records include letters, photographs and other documents which will aid our understanding of the important role of patron and enable us to celebrate, preserve and make available details of this important part of our heritage.
The Patron’s Fund is a charitable fund that was set up to acknowledge the work of charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday last year.
As Queen Elizabeth II has been the RNLI’s Patron since 1952, the charity was able to apply for funding.
RNLI Heritage Archive and Research Manager Hayley Whiting said: “The RNLI has had a Royal patron since its foundation in 1824. Royal connections go back even further with Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI, having been equerry to Prince Augustus Frederick, son of George III.
“The gift from the Patron’s Fund will enable the Heritage Team to make the important and fascinating archive records relating to our patrons widely available and to preserve them for future generations. The gift from the Patron’s Fund makes an important contribution to the development of the RNLI Archive.”
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said: “The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support the RNLI with its valuable work. The RNLI is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.”
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 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.