The Lifeboat Fund

The Lifeboat Fund is proud to be the single largest regular contributor to the RNLI.

The Lifeboat Fund is proud to be the single largest regular contributor to the RNLI.

The Lifeboat Fund is an official charity, which was set up over 150 years ago by Civil Servants and is run to this day by the Civil Service. It raises funds through donations from both serving and retired employees and from legacies. Civil servants across the UK organise fundraising collections and promote the lifesaving work of the RNLI.

It started with a group of civil servants who raised money from their colleagues to buy their first lifeboat back in 1866, and from this, they formed the charity, The Lifeboat Fund. 

All money raised by The Fund goes directly to support the RNLI. Since it was formed, The Lifeboat Fund has donated over £26 million which has provided the RNLI with 53 new lifeboats as well as refurbishing lifeboat stations and boats, buying crew kit and equipment and training RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Crews and Lifeguards. They are currently raising money for the Defeat Drowning Appeal, which supports Lifeguards, Swim Safe and our International work in Bangladesh.

A young boy jumps swimming in the water at  West Reservoir, Stoke Newington in London.

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Visit The Lifeboat Fund's website for further information or to donate.

The Communications and Public Service Lifeboat Fund (The Lifeboat Fund for short); Registered charity numbers: 248421 (England and Wales) and SC041904 (Scotland); Patron – HRH The Duke of Kent.

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