Support us

Thank you for choosing to support the RNLI. 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.

There are countless good charities to support, all with great causes. If you've been looking at how to support charities, we feel privileged and extremely thankful that you have chosen to save lives at sea. Especially during these challenging times for us all.

The health crisis has hit our charity hard, yet our lifeboat volunteers are busier than ever. The drop in our income is expected to be millions - money that would usually help give lifeboat crews everything they need. And now there's the extra cost of essential PPE like face masks and gloves. 

This Christmas, our volunteer lifeboat crews will be on call 24/7, ready and willing to save lives. Just as they have been throughout the pandemic. They will launch around 100 times, leaving their own loved ones at a moment’s notice to rescue someone else’s. You’re the lifesaver they need to bring each other - and those they rescue - home safe.

Save lives at sea your way

See below for ideas on how to save lives at sea your way. Whether you volunteer, give money, shop with us or raise awareness, you can be sure that however you choose to provide charity support, you will help to keep our lifeboat volunteers trained and equipped to brave the unexpected - and come home safe. And this is the best Christmas present they, and their families, could receive. 

How you helped last year

154 lives saved by lifeguards

8,941 lifeboats launched

Where your money goes
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
Become a member
Through RNLI membership you can help save lives at sea and keep updated with our lifesaving work.
Join the RNLI
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
Become a volunteer
Volunteers make up 95% of our people - ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Be extraordinary
Saving Lives at Sea on TV: Series 5
More thrilling rescue stories, emotional moments, and interviews with the brave volunteers of the RNLI.
Find out more
Give as you shop
Save lives as you shop online. Find out where and how.
Where to shop
How your support helps
Our lifesaving is powered by you. Being independent from Government, we rely entirely on your support to fund our lifesaving service.
See the difference you make
Become a corporate partner
Our experienced team can work with you to tailor a partnership suitable for your company’s needs.
Find out more
Become a face-to-face fundraiser
Help us raise money, inspire support and spread safety messages across the coast this Summer. 
Join us
Visit RNLI College
Experience the home of RNLI training where every visit helps save lives at sea.
Come visit us
Send us your photos
If you have a great photo or video of the RNLI in action, we’d love to see it.
Find out more

Bring the crew home safe this Christmas

Volunteer lifeboat crews are busier than ever. The risks they face are greater. The costs to keep them safe are rising. But income is falling. Can they and their families count on your kindness this Christmas?