Celebrating Volunteers’ Week with stories from our volunteers

This week (1-7 June) is Volunteers’ Week in the UK, and to celebrate it we’ve talked to just a few of the thousands of RNLI people who are part of our amazing lifesaving team to find out how they volunteer and why they do it.

Celebrating Volunteers' Week in the UK


Pat Mucklow, Fundraiser and former Lifeboat Crew Member

RNLI Fundraiser Pat Mucklow

Pat from Kyle of Lochalsh started out on the Mallaig lifeboat crew in 1960 and was the first woman to join the crew. Since then she has been station treasurer, secretary, shop volunteer and she’s now a fundraiser.

Talking about her experience on crew at Mallaig, Pat says:

‘You never stopped to think of the personal dangers of the water – there was a job to be done. You’ll find the most awe-inspiring moments of your life out at sea and meet some very interesting people on the way. You never know what you are capable of until you try.’

Andrew Lowe, Community Safety Volunteer

Community Safety Volunteer, Andrew Lowe

Andrew is a full-time graphic designer and in his spare time he spreads our water safety messages and volunteers at Tenby Lifeboat Station.

He really enjoys the social side of being a volunteer and likes being with the RNLI, not just because he loves talking about boats, but because he says that, ‘everyone is willing to help you fit in, give practical help and advice, and pass on all that they know.’

Lisa Levins, Clogher Head Crew Member and Lifeboat Training Coordinator

Lisa Levins from Clogher Head station

Lisa is a hospital medical representative and is currently on maternity leave with her first child. She also makes time to volunteer at Clogher Head Lifeboat Station.

We’ve asked Lisa why she volunteers, and she said: ‘To be able to bring a loved one home is my main reason for doing it. Once you get involved, the lifeboat station becomes your second home – in a good way. We are all volunteers and everyone has different commitments and different amounts of time they can give. I totally encourage anyone to get involved.’

An amazing 95% of RNLI people are volunteers – this includes 4,800 lifeboat crew and more than 22,000 volunteer community fundraisers. We also have volunteer lifeguards, and thousands more volunteers who raise awareness, give safety advice and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Thank you for volunteering for the RNLI.