Be a fundraising and events volunteer

Rally support, raise vital funds as part of a local fundraising team!

RNLI Fundraising Volunteer and Crew Member Suzanne Goldberg is fundraising in Waterloo Station. She is holding a contactless collection device and smiling at a supporter who is talking to her.

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

RNLI Fundraising Volunteer and Crew Member Suzanne Goldberg collecting in Waterloo Train Station

It cost £159.6M to run the RNLI in 2021 – that’s around £437,000 a day.

With 92% of our total income coming from donations, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us meet these costs and the dedication of our fundraising volunteers to help raise these essential funds.

Around 23,000 RNLI community fundraising volunteers across the UK and Ireland organise a wide range of activities and events that raise money to save lives at sea. 

This army of volunteers is made up of local fundraising groups, each supported by a community manager.

Some of our fundraising volunteers have been volunteering for many years, some just join us for a few months - whatever their commitments allow.

If you can’t make a regular commitment or prefer not to join a fundraising group, you can still help raise vital lifesaving funds through quick ways to volunteer at events and through organised collections.

Why become a fundraising and events volunteer?

  1. Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference.
  2. Learn new skills and gain experience to enhance your CV.
  3. Gain the satisfaction of giving back.
  4. We’ll give you with all the necessary training and support to carry out your role effectively.

What fundraising roles can you do?

Fundraising team member

Help with fundraising activities, while having fun and making new friends.


Be the primary point of contact for the team and cascade information to team members.


Have overall responsibility for the team’s fundraising programme.

Souvenir secretary

Sell a range of RNLI souvenirs and gifts at local events.


Be responsible for looking after the team’s money and accounts.

Box secretary/collector

Maintain and empty collecting boxes within your local community.

What event roles can you do? 

Event organiser/assistant

 Help to organise a variety of different activities ranging from coffee mornings to quiz and supper evenings.

Community volunteer

Help out in the local community as and when you can and when there is a need as part of a local team. Helping out in a shop, serving refreshments at an RNLI event are all possibilities along with a host of other activities. 


Cheering on our race competitors who are raising funds for the RNLI makes a huge difference. You will have fun too!

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