Falmouth RNLI need your help to fund a much needed upgrade to their lifeboat station. With a new Atlantic 85 lifeboat station arriving in the future, more space is needed to store the lifeboat so that it is ready and raring to go as soon as the shout comes in.
150 years of lifesaving history
Falmouth Lifeboat Station was established in 1867, just 43 years after the RNLI itself was founded. Throughout our history, 11 medals for gallantry have been awarded – including two Gold, five Silver and four Bronze. And the need for our lifeboat crews is still as evident now as it was in 1867.
In 2015 alone, the Falmouth volunteers launched 84 times to answer the call for help and almost half of these were in complete darkness. Our lifeboat crews rescued over 100 people and spent over 6,000 hours out at sea.
The volunteers currently operate an all-weather Severn class lifeboat Richard Cox Scott and an Atlantic 75 class inshore lifeboat Eve Pank. But in the near future, as Eve Pank reaches the end of her operational life, RNLI Falmouth will receive a new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to operate alongside Richard Cox Scott.
We are committed to providing our crews with the best lifeboats available – and the new Atlantic 85 class will ensure our Falmouth lifeboat volunteers can continue to run their rescue service safely and effectively for years to come.
2017 will be a very special year as the station, its volunteers and the community celebrate 150 years of lifesaving by its volunteer lifeboat crew. As part of these celebrations, an appeal is being launched to upgrade the current facilities.
The current station layout
The existing boathouse at Falmouth is currently not fit for the arrival of the new lifeboat – or for our volunteers. It's been a number of years since the station was last improved, so it's in desperate need of modernisation – most essentially, a designated changing area.
Our lifeboat crew give so much, they deserve the best lifeboat station we can give them when risking their lives to save others. By upgrading the existing station, we can ensure RNLI Falmouth is fit for its lifesaving purpose both now and for future generations.
We need your support
Our volunteers rely on the generosity of the public to keep our lifesaving service running – we are separate from the Coastguard and independent from the government.
We would be very grateful if you would consider a donation towards the project or running your own fundraising event. This will help us to upgrade Falmouth Lifeboat Station for the brave volunteers. They are here to help make the coast a safer place for everyone. And with your support, they always will be.
On behalf of the crew at Falmouth Lifeboat Station, thank you for your consideration.
How you can help
We need your help to raise the final £100,000 needed to fund the upgrading of Falmouth Lifeboat Station. With the new lifeboat arriving in the near future, it is vital the station is fit for purpose.
Your gift today will go towards funding the upgrade of Falmouth Lifeboat Station. If we raise more than the £100,000 that we need, your donation will go towards supporting our wider lifesaving activity around the UK and Ireland. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.