RNLI seeks new recruits to help share safety messaging and raise funds
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is currently looking to recruit more face-to-face fundraisers to help share vital safety messages and encourage new supporters to sign up and donate after the charity experienced a recent shortfall in funds.
With 238 lifeboat stations, 431 lifeboats and 5,500 volunteer crew members, plus 1,500 lifeguards patrolling over 240 UK beaches, the RNLI’s remit is vast. The charity is currently facing a ‘perfect storm’ of being busier than ever while its income is down. The charity needs to keep raising money to cover the ongoing work needed to maintain and upgrade lifeboats, stations, kit and training.
As part of its renewed focus on fundraising, the RNLI is seeking to increase its number of face-to-face fundraisers this year and recruit up to 200 people, in a seasonal role that is vital in helping save lives at sea.
Working within a team at some stunning coastal locations around the UK and Ireland, the role of a face-to-face fundraiser would suit dynamic and engaging individuals with great interpersonal skills who can share inspiring stories of volunteer crews and lifeguards with those visiting the beach and at public events, while also engaging new audiences and inspiring new regular supporters.
A crucial part of the role will include educating visitors about key safety messages and a drive to help sign up new supporters to make regular donations to the RNLI.
Evan Chrisp knows first-hand about the importance of the RNLI’s safety advice after some safety messaging from the charity helped save his life.
Evan says: ‘A couple of years ago when I was caught in a rip current, I remembered the RNLI Float to Live advice. I stayed calm and floated with the help of a surfer until a lifeboat crew rescued me.’
Since being rescued Evan has become an RNLI ambassador and has this year also joined the face-to-face fundraising team. Evan goes on to say:
‘Knowing that a simple but effective safety message saved my life, I’m now inspired to share this with others in the hope it may just save someone’s family member or loved one. To know I can help save lives and to encourage people to sign up to support the charity gives me a great deal of satisfaction and working with a team of like-minded people at various outdoor locations is a great way of making new friends whilst having fun at the same time.’
For the first time this year, the charity is recruiting face-to-face fundraisers to cover the main season, which runs from April – October, as well as the usual peak season running through July and August. Training will be given in all aspects required for the role.
The RNLI is currently recruiting for these roles in nine regions around the UK and Ireland.
More information about the available roles is available at RNLI.org/FundraiserJobs
Notes to editors
· In 2018 the RNLI aided 41,619 people and saved 329 lives
· 150 people lose their lives around the UK and Irish waters each year
· 95% of RNLI people are volunteers
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Dave Riley, RNLI National Media Officer on 01202 336789 or David_Riley@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 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.