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RNLI invites supporters aged over 55 to get Wills written for free this March

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is taking part in Free Wills Month this March, offering supporters aged over 55 the chance to write or update their Will for FREE at participating solicitors in several areas around the UK.

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March Free Wills Month

The Free Wills Month scheme gives people the chance to write or update their Will with participating solicitors and, if they wish, include a gift to a charity, after taking care of loved ones.

Nearly two thirds of RNLI lifeboat launches are only made possible through gifts in Wills, and although people using the Free Wills Month service are not obliged to leave a gift in their Will to the RNLI, the charity hopes people will consider doing so.

Jeremy Cronin, RNLI Legacy and In Memoriam Coordinator, says: ‘The RNLI has helped those in peril at sea since 1824, and while nobody knows what the future holds, we do know that the sea will always be dangerously unpredictable. Six out of every ten RNLI lifeboat launches are only possible due to gifts left in Wills, which shows donations – however large or small – are vital for helping our lifeboat crews and lifeguards continue saving lives at sea. We are so grateful to everyone who leaves a gift to the RNLI in their Will.’

For more information – including details of solicitors in England and Wales who are participating in Free Wills Month – call 0300 300 0124 or email Or for general information about Free Wills Month, visit

Notes to editors

· Free Wills Month is run by Capacity Marketing, which organises the scheme for a consortium of approximately 10 charities, including the RNLI. Free Wills Month (March) has participating solicitors in Blackpool; Newcastle upon Tyne; Sunderland; Darlington; Middlesbrough; Harrogate; Sheffield; Chesterfield; Liverpool; Wirral; Crawley; Eastbourne; Hastings; Chichester; Worthing; Essex; Kent; London Boroughs; Berkshire; Buckinghamshire; Hertfordshire; Peterborough; Northampton; Wolverhampton; Coventry.

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