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RNLI marks 200 years of lifesaving with new range of commemorative gifts

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will mark its 200th anniversary in March 2024. As the charity prepares to celebrate this incredible milestone, supporters can mark the occasion with a new range of commemorative gifts.


RNLI 200 dog bandana

Since the very earliest days of the lifesaving charity, volunteers have come together to sell items to raise vital funds – a tradition that continues today in over 170 volunteer-run shops around the UK and Ireland, as well as at hundreds of events every year.

Every product in the new range carries a specially-designed RNLI 200 logo, celebrating two hundred years of saving lives at sea. Choose from clothing and accessories for both adults and children, as well as toys, keepsakes and even something for the family dog.

As well as marking this important occasion, every pound and euro of profit made from sales of the new products will be put back into helping the RNLI in its mission to save every one. As a charity reliant on the generous support of the public, this funding is vital to keeping RNLI crews and lifeguards trained, equipped and able to respond to calls for help, now and for the 200 years to come.

The 200th anniversary range is now available at all RNLI shops, found in 172 locations across the UK and Ireland. You can also find the full range of products online at the RNLI shop website.


RNLI 200 t-shirt and polo shirt


RNLI 200 recycled teddy bear

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.