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Haven and the RNLI raise £173,000 and help families enjoy safe holidays in 2019

Lifeboats News Release

Leading UK holiday park company, Haven, is celebrating a successful second year of its national charity partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), having raised £173,000 during 2019.

Two Haven team members celebrate running a Tough Mudder race for the RNLI

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Haven team members Hollie and Steph celebrate running a Tough Mudder race for the RNLI
Teams and guests across Haven’s UK holiday parks got behind the RNLI’s lifesaving work by taking part in challenges including a skydive, abseiling the Forth Bridge and climbing Mount Snowdon, as well as events such as family fun days and a Strictly-style dance competition.

Haven teams also enthusiastically joined both the RNLI’s flagship Mayday campaign to fund lifeboat crew kit and the Fish Supper fundraiser in October, decking out park restaurants in RNLI colours to host quizzes and inviting local lifeboat crews along for fish and chip dinners.

As well as raising money for the charity, the partners also continued to help Haven’s 2.9 million annual holidaymakers enjoy safe, happy holidays by sharing the RNLI’s water safety advice.

Together, they taught over 7,500 children how to stay safe by the sea through their fun RNLI Water Smart outdoor activity. Haven also featured RNLI safety messages in its pre-arrival emails to all guests.

Sarah Chapman, Head of Marketing at Haven, says:

“Our teams and guests had a blast creating fun and inventive ways to support our amazing charity partners, the RNLI, last year.

“The partnership is a perfect fit, with both organisations connected by our beautiful British coastline. By welcoming the RNLI’s local lifesavers to our parks, we have seen the difference we can make in helping the RNLI save lives.”

Ross Martin, Corporate Manager for the RNLI, adds:

“It was amazing to see Haven’s teams engaging so enthusiastically with the RNLI last year. They have brought fun and imagination to raising much-needed money for the RNLI at a time when our lifesavers are busier than ever, all-year-round.

“This year, we plan to grow our partnership to help families enjoy safe, happy holidays by including beach safety messages in all Haven welcome packs.”

Since the start of the brand’s partnership with the charity which began in March 2018, Haven has raised a staggering £300,000 to help the RNLI save lives at sea.

About Haven

As one of Britain’s leading family holiday companies, Haven own and operate 40 award-winning family holiday parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales. They offer a full programme of activities and entertainment alongside being located next to some of Britain’s most beautiful beaches and brightest resorts making them a great base for exploring the local area. Find out more at

Sarah from from Haven's Reighton Sands holiday park holding Chip the dog who ran a 5k race together for the RNLI

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Sarah from Haven's Reighton Sands holiday park and Chip the dog ran a 5k race together for the RNLI
Three team members from Haven's Thornwick Bay holiday sitting on a light aircraft holding a cheque for a sponsored skydive

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Team members from Haven with their cheque for a sponsored skydive for the RNLI
Crew members line up for a photo with the RNLI's Stormy Stan and lifeguard mascot

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Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI crew members visit Haven's Berwick holiday park for a Fish Supper meal

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Haven team members and RNLI staff abseiled the Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for the charity

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 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.

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.