Your support powers our lifesaving service. You're helping to give RNLI volunteers everything they need as they strive to save every one.

As a charity independent of government, your generous support matters more than ever in meeting the costs of saving lives at sea. Our volunteer lifesavers give their time for free, but they need training, well-maintained equipment, lifeboats and shore facilities. 

Your kindness saves lives. Every donation will keep our brave volunteers safe on the water and bring them home to their families when the job is done.

RNLI Welly filled with coins on the beach

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Where your money goes

Every donation helps the RNLI work towards our goal of saving every one. The kit, equipment, training and even the lifeboats themselves are only available thanks to support from people like you. Find out how a donation today will help save lives at sea.

8,868 Lifeboat launches in 2021

40,762 people aided by lifeguards in 2021

76M+ watches of our seaside safety song advert of TV

28,000 children taught lifesaving skills

St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew throwing rope to fisherman in the water

Photo: Nigel Millard

St ives Shannon class lifeboat Nora Strachura 13-11

The difference you make

We can’t save lives without your support. In 2021, our lifeboat crews helped an average of 35 people a day, while our lifeguards helped 40,762 people during their patrols. See more of the numbers behind the lifesaving that your donations made possible last year.

How to rescue someone from drowning

Photo: RNLI/Mike Lavis

Drowning preventions

Anyone can drown. No one should. Our drowning prevention work is designed to stop people getting into danger and teach people what to do should they find themselves in trouble in the water. Your support helps spread that message further.

Your support saves lives

RNLI Welly filled with coins on the beach
Where your money goes
We’re committed to being one of the most efficient charities in the UK and Ireland. As a charity, separate from the coastguard and independent from government, we are reliant on voluntary donations to power our lifesaving work.
See where your money goes
St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew throwing rope to fisherman in the water
The difference you make
Thanks to the support of brilliant people like you, our lifeboat crews aided an average of 35 people a day in 2021. Our lifeguards aided 40,762 people.
How you helped
Skegness lifeboat volunteers training in rough seas in their D class inshore lifeboat, Peterborough Beer Festival lV D-739
Survivor stories
Every year, thanks to your support, RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards save hundreds of lives – people who wouldn’t have survived had our lifesavers not been there – and rescue thousands more. Here, survivors tell their stories to help keep others safe on, in, and around the water.
Listen to their stories