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Give money to the RNLI

Donate money to charity and support our mission of saving lives at sea. Your generosity powers RNLI lifesaving – providing our volunteers with the kit, equipment and lifeboats they need to save lives. Find out more below. 

Ways to give

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Make a donation
Your donation will help bring people home to their families, including our own lifesavers. We need your support now more than ever. 
Donate money
Newquay lifeboat volunteers onboard their B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat, The Gladys Mildred B-821
Leave a gift in your Will
Your legacy could help lifeboat crews save lives at sea – 6 in 10 lifeboat launches are only possible thanks to gifts in Wills. 
leave a legacy
St Davids RNLI Crew Members Roger Smith and Dai John in their all-weather kit walking up the slipway as the sun sets in the distance
Give money in memory
A donation to the RNLI is a special way to remember someone who loved the sea. You can even add your loved one's name to a Launch a Memory lifeboat.
REMEMBER SOMEONE SPECIAL
St Ives Shannon class lifeboat, Nora Strachura
Give money to an appeal
When you give money to one of our charity appeals, you help vital funds go where they’re most needed.
GIVE MONEY TO AN APPEAL
Lifeboat Crew Member Steve Tustin is standing in front of a blue roller door.

RNLI Mayday Appeal – make a lifesaving difference

You can be the difference between just in time and too late. Donate today to help our volunteers answer urgent calls.

Give money, save lives

Giving money to the RNLI makes you a lifesaver. We couldn’t train our lifeboat crews and lifeguards, provide them with lifesaving equipment, or support them operationally without the kindness of supporters like you.

There are so many different ways to give money – from monthly donations to leaving a gift in your Will – and every donation, no matter the size, will help RNLI lifesavers answer the call to rescue. Thank you.

Your gift will save lives in so many ways. In 2023, for every £1/€1 spent on charitable activities, 56p/56c was on lifeboats, property and equipment; 27p/27c on running the lifeboat service; 12p/12c on lifeguard rescue; 3p/3c on safety, education and awareness; and 2p/2c on international drowning prevention.

9,192 lifeboats launched

10,734 people aided by lifeboat crews

355 lives saved

29 people helped every day

Add a name to a lifeboat

Celebrate the life of someone you love by adding their name to the Exmouth lifeboat

Other ways to give money

Join a force for good by becoming a member, or donate by phone, mail or payroll giving - there are many ways to give to the RNLI. 

Other ways you can give money

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Become a member
Be part of a lifesaving family all working together to save every one we can.
Become a member
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Buy from our online shop
Your shopping makes a lifesaving difference. 100% of profit supports our lifesaving work.
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Yarmouth's Severn class lifeboat with sailing boats in the background
Donate by mail
If you'd like to donate by post, you can make a single cash donation or set up a regular Direct Debit donation using a UK bank/building society account.
donate by post
Dunbar's inshore lifeboat heading out to sea on a cloudy day
Donate by phone
Donate to the RNLI over the phone by calling us on 0300 300 9990 (from within the UK) and 1800 991802 (from Ireland). Our donation lines are open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.
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Pay in your fundraising money
Thank you so much for fundraising for the RNLI. We’re so grateful for all the hard work you put into supporting our brave volunteer lifesavers.
Pay it in
Group shot of RNLI lifeboat volunteers stood with their Shannon class lifeboat on the launch vehicle
Philanthropy & Major Gifts
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.
Philanthropy & Major gifts
The Lizard Lifeboat Station’s running costs are supported by a charitable trust
Trusts and foundations
You can help save lives at sea by making a donation to the RNLI through your charitable trust or foundation.
trusts and foundations
The backs of three Skegness RNLI crew members as they look out to sea from the bow of their Shannon class all-weather lifeboat on a bright sunny day
Lifeboat Lottery
Win up to £5,000 in the Summer Lifeboat Lottery draw and help save lives!
lifeboat lottery
St Ives’ Shannon class lifeboat Nora Stachura during trials.
Payroll Giving
Together, we can save lives.
payroll giving
Three lifeboat crew members are stood on the bow of a Shannon class lifeboat at sea, with a B class lifeboat alongside
Share giving
Turn your unwanted shares into lifesavings by donating them to the RNLI.
share giving
Sunderland B class lifeboat
Gift Aid
Gift Aid is a scheme from HM Revenue & Customs that allows us to reclaim an extra 25% on your donations made during the past 4 years, as well as on all future donations, without costing you a penny. This means that for every £1 you donate to the RNLI, the charity gets an extra 25p.
gift aid
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Charity Tax Back Scheme
Boost your donation by 45 cents for every euro you donate.
Charity Tax Back Scheme
The Shannon class lifeboat cutting through the waves creating a lot of spray
Other ways to donate to the RNLI
There are many ways you can give to the RNLI. Here you’ll find some useful information and links about different donation methods.
Other ways to donate