Whether you want to update an existing Will, or you’re planning to write your first Will, leaving a gift to charity is easy to do. An up-to-date Will ensures your wishes for your family and any charities you support will be clearly understood.
Gifts in Wills help bring our brave lifeboat crews home safely, and provide the training and protective gear they and our lifeguards need to save lives. After you’ve looked after your family and friends, please consider leaving a gift in your Will to the RNLI.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Our crew members and lifeguards are ordinary people, just like you. A gift in your Will can help keep our lifesavers safe as they face wild seas to rescue people in an emergency.
One such callout was to a sailor who was left hanging on for dear life when his boat was hit by a wave, throwing him into the chilly November sea. Fortunately, he was spotted by a passer-by, who raised the alarm.
Minutes after launching, the four-strong crew of the Mudeford lifeboat were at the man’s side. They found him clinging desperately to the outboard motor of his upturned boat. ‘He didn’t want to let go at first,’ explains crew member Simon. ‘His hands were hard and tight, and he was scared and cold. I don’t think he would have lasted much longer.’
The helm, Ian Parker, expertly held the lifeboat in position while his crewmates pulled the casualty to safety. ‘I had three highly trained crew behind me,’ he says. ‘Their teamwork helped save this man’s life.’
From years of training together, the crew trusts in each other and they have faith in their kit that people like you help to provide. When the crew are facing a storm and pushed to their limits, they can count on the grips on their yellow boots and their quality training.
Who gives gifts in Wills?
Just as RNLI lifeboat crews are made up of ordinary people, so too are the people who put gifts in their Wills to charity. Any gift, small or large, will make a difference.
RNLI supporter, Peter Harrison, explains why he decided to leave a gift to the charity in his Will.