Close-up portrait photo of Hartlepool RNLI volunteer Crew Member Matt Blanchard in the station’s changing room

RNLI/Tom Collins

Matt Blanchard, Volunteer Crew Member at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station

'We can’t get through this without you'

'Some people will always need to be out on the water,' says Matt Blanchard, Volunteer Crew Member at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station. 'Fishermen are still catching our food. Crews are still delivering fuel and vital goods. Windfarm engineers are keeping the lights on. No matter what, we’ll always launch to their rescue. The RNLI is an emergency service, our crew and station volunteers are key workers.'

RNLI lifesavers like Matt need your help. The health crisis has hit our income hard. The funds we count on to power our lifesaving service have gone down. We need you to stand with us in these uncertain times, so we can continue to keep everyone safe.

Help us weather the storm – now and in the future





Help us face the summer storm

Your generosity can make sure we’re ready - now and in the future. Our volunteers still need crew kit and fuel to launch their lifeboats. Our fleet of lifesaving craft and the buildings that house them still need to be maintained and repaired. As people begin to move freely again, they will flock to the coast. We’ll be facing a summer storm. But your support and kindness can power us through it.

Please make a donation today. It will make a huge difference to our lifesavers - and the people we rescue.

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 (UK) or 01 895 1877 (if calling from outside the UK) on weekdays, 8am–6pm.

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