Anstruther is home to one of the UK’s busiest waterways. Its volunteers are looking forward to enhancing their service when a new Shannon lifeboat arrives on station in 2023. But it won’t fit in their existing boathouse and they urgently need a new base to continue their lifesaving mission.
Your kindness today can give people the best chance of survival by helping to fund a new, purpose-built lifeboat station that will boost lifesaving here for generations to come.
Why we need you onboard
Anstruther’s volunteer crews have been rescuing people off the east coast of Fife since 1865. They have launched well over 1,000 times, saved more than 250 lives and received five medals for gallantry. Today they urgently need a new, purpose-built station with modern facilities for casualties, crew and craft.
The RNLI is a charity and funded by donations. That’s why the crew are counting on your generosity today to help meet the £100,000 fundraising target towards the cost of this new building. It’s an exciting project and a chance for you to be part of an enduring legacy.
By helping to fund this new station, you’ll be enhancing search and rescue in the area. You’ll be creating a community hub for water safety and education activities. You’ll be standing with the crew and making a lifesaving difference.
The Shannon class lifeboat will vastly improve our speed and range of operations – almost halving response times. That’s why a new station is so vital: without it, there’s no new boat. The Shannon simply won’t fit inside the existing boatshed.
What your kindness will provide
You’ll be helping to build a new station and slipway, ideally positioned in the harbour for efficient launching and recovery of inshore and all-weather lifeboats. You’ll enable slicker operations and improved crew safety, training and comfort. You’ll also be creating an outstanding community and visitor hub, boosting water safety and education work and helping to reduce drowning across the East Neuk of Fife.
Anstruther’s new lifeboat station will bring so many benefits:
- Purpose-built boathouse for lifeboats, launch vehicles and equipment
- Slipway directly facing harbour mouth, for faster and safer launches
- Crew training and welfare area
- Office and operations room
- Workshop and tailor-made storage
- Water safety and education hub
- Attractive visitor engagement spaces
- Modern changing facilities, showers and toilets
- Brand new gift shop
How you can help
Anstruther volunteers donate their time and energy to provide a 24/7 search and rescue service. From the volunteer shore crew like Tony and Brian, and tractor drivers like Douglas and Calum helping to launch the lifeboat, to deputy launching authorities including Alex and John who oversee each launch. And from Lifeboat Operations Manager Roy who keeps things running to Lifeboat Press Officer Martin who helps bring rescue stories to life. Each life saved is thanks to an extended family of lifesavers from all walks of life.
By giving today and helping to build a new lifeboat station, you become a part of this family.
There are other ways you can play a part too. We’re always looking for local volunteers to help rally support and raise vital funds. There are so many interesting volunteering roles to choose from. We’ll provide the training and support, and you’ll enjoy meeting new people and giving back. Interested? If so, [email protected] would love to hear from you.
Thank you from everyone at Anstruther RNLI. You’re a lifesaver!
If you've got any questions about our appeal, or would like to donate by phone, please call our Supporter Experience Team on 0300 300 9907 (from the UK) or 01 511 9833 (from Ireland) on weekdays, 8am–6pm.Donate now