RNLI crews have been saving lives off the coast of Ceredigion since 1864, covering 80 square miles from Aberdovey to Cardigan Island. Day or night, lifesavers drop everything to race to the aid of those in need of help. But they can’t do it alone - the RNLI is a charity, and like all our crews, the New Quay volunteers rely on the generous support of people like you.

New Quay’s new Shannon class lifeboat will be arriving on station in 2023. To carry on saving lives quickly and safely, the crew are relying on your help to raise £105,600 to give them the training they need to get to grips with their new lifeboat, and to transport the launch equipment that will power her to rescue for years to come.

Relief Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Eric Legend 13-40 being launched on exercise at Dungeness Beach by the Shannon launch and recovery system (SLARS). Clear blue skies and spray from the surf as the lifeboat enters the water. Shingle beach.

Photo: Stephen Duncombe

Your kindness today will help New Quay’s new Shannon launch to the rescue for years to come.

‘I can’t describe how proud I am to be New Quay’s volunteer coxswain, and to have served as a lifeboat volunteer in this small fishing village for 44 years. It’s special - we’re a beautiful community. I give it my heart and soul.

‘The new Shannon is almost twice as fast as the Mersey - she’s the future. She has the speed to bring everyone home quickly. And every penny you put into this appeal makes life safer for us at sea.

‘Volunteers go to sea in horrendous weather, and we want them to be protected - so they need to be trained. Our new launch and recovery equipment will also keep us safer because the crew can stay inside the lifeboat during launch - the coxswain releases the lifeboat into the surf with the press of a button.

‘Your support will save people’s lives - it’s not just about volunteers being out on lifeboats. Without you, we can’t do our job. We’re a team.’

Dan Potter
Volunteer Coxswain
New Quay Lifeboat Station

Portrait photo of Dan Potter, Volunteer Coxswain at New Quay Lifeboat Station, outside in all-weather lifeboat kit with the sea and coastline in the background.

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

New Quay Lifeboat Station since 1864

1,029 Launches

233 lives saved

20 volunteer crew

44 other station volunteers

*The number of launches and lives saved are from 1970, when records began, to 2022. The numbers of station volunteers are correct as of February 2023.

‘It’s the next step forward. It’ll make a big difference’

‘The community is very much behind the RNLI and always has been. The New Quay community of course - but neighbouring communities too like Aberaeron, Aberporth, Aberystwyth and Cardigan. We have a good team spirit.

‘There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us - and we realise that. But our new lifeboat is going to improve our response times. The beach recovery will be less labour intensive. It’s the next step forward, and it will make a big difference.

‘There’s no way of thanking our supporters enough for making it all possible. Without you, there is no lifeboat service.’

Bernie Davis
New Quay Lifeboat Station


Any funds raised over the £105,600 needed to cover the cost of the crew’s training and transporting the new lifeboat’s launch and recovery system to the station will go to New Quay Lifeboat Station’s running costs. 

Thank you for kindly supporting the volunteer crew at New Quay.

If you’ve got any questions about the New Quay Lifeboat Appeal, or would like to donate by phone, please call 0300 300 9917 on weekdays, 8am–6pm.