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Book your plaice for the RNLI's virtual Fish Supper Quiz

Lifeboats News Release

Every October, RNLI supporters around the UK and Ireland come together to support the charity’s Fish Supper campaign, hosting dinner parties and bigger events to raise funds to keep the lifeboats launching and afloat.

Holly Jackson-Walters, volunteer crew member at Chiswick RNLI.


Holly Jackson-Walters, volunteer crew member at Chiswick RNLI.

Restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic left this year’s event in danger of being scaled down, but the charity’s resourceful fundraisers were determined to do some ‘fin’ about it. So, just when the chips were down, they came up with a creative idea to put Fish Supper firmly back on the table – but with a bit of a difference!

So, this year, lifeboat crews and lifeguards from around the south east will be hosting a seaside-themed quiz on Zoom – and we are hoping as many people as possible will take the bait and join in to help the RNLI to continue saving lives.

The event takes place at 7pm on Friday 23 October and lifesavers from the charity would like to invite people to order in (or cook) a delicious supper of fish and chips (or a plant-based equivalent), and test your knowledge of all things maritime as you join supporters from all around the country. There’s a suggested minimum donation of £2 to take part and every pound donated will help save lives at sea – and on the Thames.

Your online hosts for the evening will be lifeboat crew members from Whitstable, Littlehampton, Newhaven, Chiswick and Tower lifeboat stations who will be introducing each section along with lifeguards from the south east’s beaches. As well as testing your coastal knowledge, they’ll be sharing information about sea safety and their work this summer.

The RNLI relies on public donations to provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coast of the UK and Ireland, and on the Thames. Through this summer of lovely weather and travel restrictions, RNLI crews and lifeguards have been busier than ever, but fundraising collections and events have been severely limited so events like Virtual Fish Supper are more important than ever to support the charity’s volunteer lifesavers.

Please join in if you can - details of how to sign up are here:


Holly Jackson-Walters volunteer crew member at Chiswick RNLI and Kester Sheppard, Lead Lifeguard Supervisor, East Dorset, who are both taking part in the quiz.

Media Contacts:

Julie Rainey, Regional Media Manager, London and South East (07827) 358256 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, London and South East, (07785) 296252 [email protected]

Kester Sheppard, Lead Lifeguard Supervisor, East Dorset.


Kester Sheppard, Lead Lifeguard Supervisor, East Dorset.

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.

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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.