Philanthropy

If you are able to donate £10,000 or more, we would be delighted to work with you to ensure that the process of giving is a rewarding and uplifting experience.
Group shot of Peel lifeboat volunteers outside the lifeboat station housing their Mersey class lifeboat, Ruby Clery 12-22

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Group shot of Peel lifeboat volunteers outside the lifeboat station housing their Mersey class lifeboat, Ruby Clery 12-22

The RNLI offers a tailored service to meet your individual needs as a philanthropy supporter and to thank you for your generosity in the best way possible, for you and your friends and family.

Our services to philanthropy supporters

We work with our supporters to explain our organisational needs and to understand their individual needs as a donor.

Some donors are happy to contribute to running costs, or to make a gift and accept a written acknowledgement. Others prefer to work closely with us in building a personal link with a lifeboat station and meet the volunteers whose lifesaving work is only made possible through their gift.

We offer an individual service to each supporter. If you have chosen to fund a project, we will keep you updated on its progress, and arrange visits to ensure you can see the benefit of your gift in action.

Where possible, your relationship with us will always be through the same person. They will be on hand to answer your queries and ensure that your experience as an RNLI Philanthropy supporter is rewarding and exciting. We would be happy to meet with you at home, at your work, or at a lifeboat station to discuss your needs and to work with you so that we can develop a long term and mutually rewarding relationship.

Fundraising opportunities

Crew kit and training

Without essential training or kit, our volunteer crews could not save lives at sea. Only 1 in 10 crew members join the RNLI from a professional maritime background – your support will help us train ordinary people to do extraordinary things. 

Hoylake RNLI crew member onboard the station’s Shannon class lifeboat, Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood 13-06, during a training exercise

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Hoylake RNLI crew member onboard the Shannon class lifeboat, Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood 13-06

lifeguards

Every second matters when someone is in trouble close to the shore – having lifeguards on beaches to prevent and respond instantly to incidents, saves lives. Help us train and equip our lifeguards to keep a watchful eye over beaches around our coasts.

RNLI lifeguards during rescue board training exercise on Cromer Beach

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

RNLI lifeguards during rescue board training exercise on Cromer Beach

shoreworks

Shoreworks is the name given to our continuous programme of lifeboat station maintenance, modernisation and new building works. These projects are dedicated to keeping our properties and launching facilities fit-for-purpose, for as long as possible. You can make a lifesaving difference by helping to support these costs. 

The official opening of the new RNLI Portishead Lifeboat Station with the lifeboat crew in their B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat, My Lady Anne B-884

Photo: RNLI / Nicholas Leach

The official opening of the new purpose-built RNLI Portishead Lifeboat Station in June 2015

international

Thousands of people drown needlessly each year worldwide. We have the expertise to help change that. With your support, we can work harder to better understand the global problem and build the capacity of communities most at risk of drowning.

International lifeguard training in Tanzania, Africa

Photo: RNLI / Mike Lavis

International lifeguard training in Tanzania, Africa

bespoke fundraising opportunities

On behalf of our volunteer crews, thank you for your consideration in supporting our lifesaving work.

We can create bespoke funding opportunities to meet your requirements. Our dedicated fundraisers would be more than happy to work with you and find a project to suit your needs.

Rhyl crew members on the beach holding up letters that spell out the words Thank You

Photo: Nathan Williams

Philanthropy supporters

We would like to thank the individual supporters who helped to make our lifesaving work possible in 2016. Here are just some of them:

  • Mrs Jean Keen for her contribution to the training and equipping of the crews of Tynemouth and Blyth lifeboat stations.
  • Ravenhill Ward Social Club, Rugeley, Staffs, for their contribution to Rhyl and Whitstable lifeboat stations.
  • Ian and Lynda Smith for their generous contribution to our Lifeguards.
  • Bill Wraith for his continued and generous support of the RNLI.
  • Mr and Mrs Pickering for their generous contribution to Happisburgh Lifeboat Station.
  • Sue Scott for her generous contribution to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station.
  • Mr and Mrs Spier for their generous contribution to our lifesaving work.
  • Doctor Schraibman for his generous contribution to Lytham Lifeboat Station.
  • April Grunnill for her continued and generous support of Skegness Lifeboat Station.
  • Jill Rushton for her contribution to Workington Lifeboat Station.
  • Richard and Hilary Allton for their contribution to Shoreham Lifeboat Station.
  • Roger and Janet Millman for their contribution to our lifesaving work.
  • Pat and Susan Russell for their generous contribution to Tynemouth Lifeboat Station.
  • Mr and Mrs Court for their contribution to Llandudno and Conwy lifeboat stations.
  • Dave and Barbara Smithson - for generously funding the new Davit at Fowey Lifeboat Station.
  • Peter Lobb - for his generous support for the lifeguarding service at Holywell Bay.
  • The Christopher Laing Foundation – for generously supporting the regeneration of Swanage Lifeboat Station.
  • Jayne Wilcox – for generously funding the new D-Class at Wells Lifeboat Station, named after her late husband Peter.
  • David and Sheila Pigott – following his gift in 2015, David and his wife Sheila made a further remarkable donation towards the new boat at Rye Harbour, before David sadly passed away in December 2016. We are so grateful for their wonderful support.
  • Nicholas Webster - who generously donated towards the regeneration of St David's Lifeboat Station, and sadly passed away in June 2016.
  • Alan Marsh – RNLI Council Member who generously supported our lifeguarding programme in Bangladesh.
  • David and Eleanor Holloway – for their continued generous support for the RNLI.
  • A generous donation to support Kirkcudbright Lifeboat Station in memory of Charles Love.

Ways to contact us

Our Philanthropy Team is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Telephone:

Lisa Willmot
+44 (0) 1202 663228 (UK)

Email:

philanthropy@rnli.org.uk

Online:

Fill in our short enquiry form.

Write to: 

Philanthropy Team
RNLI
West Quay Road
Poole
Dorset
BH15 1HZ