With you beside us, we’ll never stop striving to save every one

It feels brilliant to save a life. But unfortunately, not every rescue ends that way. The sad truth is that sometimes, despite our very best efforts, people still drown. It’s heart-wrenching. Even one life lost is one too many.

Crew of RNLI Kilmore Quay Lifeboat Station in crew kit standing on a beach

Your gift this Christmas will help us in our mission to save every one

Your generosity today could help train and recruit new volunteers to always be there when someone is most in need. It could help fund the hard-wearing kit crews depend on to protect themselves, and others, in all weather conditions. And it could help us deliver more safety advice so people can learn how to keep themselves, and those they love, safe by the water.

RNLI lifeboats crashing through the waves

Funding crew training

Providing Protective kit

Sharing safety advice

Investing in lifesaving technology

'It felt amazing to reunite that family'

'Many of our call outs end happily, with warm blankets, hugs and smiles. Like when my crew saved three lives on a hot summer's day, including a pregnant mum and her young daughter who had been blown out to sea on a lilo.

'It felt amazing to bring that family to safety. And it was even more special that day because our previous shout, just 2 weeks earlier, didn’t have the same outcome'

Anthony Binns, Volunteer Helm, Withernsea RNLI

In 2020, for every £1/€1 spent on charitable activities, 56p/56c was on lifeboats, property and equipment; 27p/27c on running the lifeboat service; 11p/11c on lifeguard rescue; 4p/4c on safety, education and awareness; and 2p/2c on international drowning prevention.

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 (excluding Bank Holidays), 8am–6pm.

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