Volunteers shocked by theft of charity donations from collection box

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew members from RNLI Brighton Lifeboat Station were shocked to discover their charitable collection box had been broken into and emptied over the weekend.

RNLI/Charlotte Cranny-Evans

The external collection box outside the Brighton RNLI Lifeboat Station that was broken into.

On Saturday 28 March, a Brighton Lifeboat Station volunteer visited the lifeboat station to find that someone had broken into their external collection box and taken its contents.

The station posted a photo onto their Twitter and said they were ‘heartbroken’ about the discovery.

The RNLI is a charity which exists to save lives at sea and has lifeboats at 238 stations around the UK and Ireland – all of which are crewed by highly-trained volunteers. As a charity, donations from the public are essential to ensuring the RNLI can carry on its lifesaving work.

Brighton lifeboat crew launched 60 times last year and helped over 50 people. The crew, who volunteer their time to help save others, are sorely disappointed about the theft of the donated money, all of which could have helped fund vital training or equipment.

They said, ‘The money in that collection box was generously donated by members of the public who have chosen to support the work we do.

‘Our volunteers are working very hard at this difficult time to keep launching to rescue those who need us. This just makes it harder.’

As the money is donated voluntarily, it is difficult to give an accurate estimate of how much donated money has been stolen.

The images captured by Brighton Marina CCTV cameras were unidentifiable. If anyone has any further information, we urge them to contact the Sussex Police with the crime reference number 47200055016.

To donate to the RNLI, please visit RNLI.org/donate.

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