The RNLI is a charity, and receives no government funding – so every bit of support makes a difference. Your action could help to buy the lifesaving gear that RNLI rescuers rely on – it costs £2,465 (RRP) to kit out just one crew member.

Your decision could help to fuel and maintain the lifeboats so that they’re ready 24/7, 365 days a year. Your donations could help to fund the training that prepares the next generation of lifesavers. If you do decide to donate dormant funds to the RNLI, either today or in the future, thank you.

£159,600,000: the total cost of our service in 2021

The RNLI receives no government funding and relies primarily on donations.

Pay in a dormant fund

Amanda's Story

With funds from dormant accounts, you can help to keep families like Amanda’s together. Amanda was bodyboarding at Perranporth with her 12-year-old son Ellis when she was suddenly caught in a rip current. ‘My son could’ve been going home on his own, leaving the beach without his mum. It just doesn’t bear thinking about.’

How to pay in a dormant fund

Please use the following payment information. Donations are our lifesavers' protection at sea.

  • Barclays Bank PLC, 100 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1BL
  • Sort code: 20-68-95
  • Account number: 70 23 23 51
  • Account name: Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Ref: Please use 701265 as your reference when paying in funds

Alternatively, contact our Supporter Experience Team on 0300 300 0124 or email [email protected]  

Important information for solicitors

Balances up to £500

Under Rule 5.1(c) of the Solicitors' Account Rules it is permitted for firms to donate balances of up to £500 held in individual dormant accounts to charity without asking for approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

For balances of £500+

For balances of £500 or more, the SRA requires the Withdrawal of residual client balances form to be completed and returned to:

[email protected] or Professional Ethics, SRA. The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1RN or DX720293 Birmingham 47

Saving lives takes courage, selflessness, and funding

5,600+ volunteer crew members

8,868 Lifeboat launches in 2021