Lytham St Annes appeal

Can you help bring a state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat to Lytham St Annes?
Swanage RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat, George Thomas Lacy 13-13, at Berthon Boatyard. This is our last all-weather lifeboat to be built outside of our All-weather Lifeboat Centre.

Photo: Steve Lowe

Swanage RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat, George Thomas Lacy 13-13, at Berthon Boatyar.

A new Shannon-class lifeboat will help the volunteer crew at Lytham St Annes get to those in trouble at sea quicker. Can you help them raise the final amount needed to bring a state-of-the-art lifesaver to the station?

165 years of lifesaving history

For over a century and a half, Lytham St Annes volunteer crew members have given their time and energy – and risked their lives – to protect and rescue those in trouble along the Fylde coast.

Last year alone, the volunteer crews of the station’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched 33 times, rescuing 27 people.

Although the spirit, determination and dedication of the volunteers remain unchanged since the station was established in 1851, lifesaving technology and equipment has advanced beyond recognition, and continues to develop at an incredibly fast pace.

Today’s RNLI lifeboats are quicker, safer and more reliable – helping our volunteer crew members to get to those in trouble faster, and to be as safe as possible while they do so.

And that’s why they need your help. Any amount – big or small – that you can give will help the volunteers at Lytham St Annes save lives along the Fylde coast.

At sea, a few seconds can make all the difference 

For those in trouble at sea, the smallest amount of time can mean the difference between life and death. 

But at low tide in Lytham St Annes, there’s a 1½-mile stretch of beach that separates the boathouse from the sea – a distance that takes precious time to cross, especially when the crew needs to launch the station’s current lifeboat as quickly as possible to save somebody struggling at sea.

Help make every second count

Bringing a Shannon class lifeboat to the station – with its innovative launch and recovery system – will allow the crew to launch from the beach quickly, even at low tide. On top of that, the Shannon class lifeboat boasts a top speed of 25-knots – a 9-knot improvement on the current lifeboat's top speed – meaning that the crew will be able to get to those in trouble much faster. 

The Shannon class lifeboat is also equipped with innovative features that have been designed to keep the crew as safe as possible, even in the roughest seas.

How you can help

We need your help to raise the final £275,000 needed to fund bringing a Shannon class lifeboat to Lytham St Annes – the last push to help the volunteer crew members save lives along the Fylde coast.

Your gift today will go towards funding a Shannon class lifeboat. If we raise more than the £275,000 that we need, your donation will go towards funding our lifesaving work around the UK and Ireland. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.