As a charity, we rely on the kindness and generosity of people like you to power our lifesaving. And right now, we need your support more than ever.

It's our belief that even one life lost at sea is too many. Our brave volunteers don't launch into cold, rough seas to save just a few. They're on a mission to save every one.

When our crews are racing from rescue to rescue, they rely even more on their lifesaving kit and world-class training – the things that kind people like you help provide. Donate to our appeal and help our lifesavers get there in time.

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Give money

It's donations from generous supporters like you that allow RNLI lifesavers to race to the rescue 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are lots of ways you can make a real difference. Whatever your donation, large or small, will make a real difference to the RNLI's lifesaving work.

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Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up the vast majority of our people. They support us by being ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Without them we couldn’t save lives at sea. 

Volunteer for the RNLI and you’ll be part of a lifesaving tradition that hasn’t changed since 1824. We couldn't save lives without all of our amazing volunteers, so get involved today. 

How your support helped in 2021

8,868 Lifeboat launches

296 lives saved by lifeboat crews

40,762 people aided by lifeguards

112 lives saved by lifeguards

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Become a member

Join thousands of RNLI supporters by signing up to one of our membership packages. By becoming a member, you’ll be helping to fund the equipment, training and operational support RNLI lifesavers need to be ready to launch to the rescue.

You’ll also enjoy some exclusive benefits, such as four issues of Lifeboat Magazine each year. There’s even a special youth membership option – Storm Force – to help inspire and educate the younger people in your life. 

Ways you can support RNLI lifesavers

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Give money
From one-off donations to leaving a gift in your Will, there’s a way for you to help save lives at sea. 
Give money
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Volunteer for the RNLI and you'll be part of a lifesaving tradition that hasn't changed since 1824.

Be extraordinary
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Raise money
We’ve got fundraising ideas to inspire you, help and advice to support you and our own events you can join in. 
Get started
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Become a member
Through RNLI membership you can help save lives at sea and keep updated with our lifesaving work.
Join the RNLI
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Give as you shop
Save lives as you shop online. Find out where and how.
Where to shop
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How your support helps
Our lifesaving is powered by you. Being independent from Government, we rely on your kind support to fund our lifesaving service.
See the difference you make
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Become a corporate partner
Our experienced team can work with you to tailor a partnership suitable for your company’s needs.
Find out more
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Become a face-to-face fundraiser
Help us raise money, inspire support and spread safety messages across the coast this Summer. 
Join us
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Visit RNLI College
Experience the home of RNLI training where every visit helps save lives at sea.
Come visit us
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Send us your photos
If you have a great photo or video of the RNLI in action, we’d love to see it.
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Last chance to be your crews’ hidden hero

Time is running out to help fund our launch and recovery equipment. Will you donate towards this vital kit today?