Lifeboat launch donations

Donate every time your local RNLI lifeboat goes out on a shout

Your generous support allows our volunteer crews to be lifesavers. Sign up to follow your local lifeboat station and donate every time the crew head out on a shout. Along with your donation, you'll also receive a text message straight to your phone each time the lifeboat launches. So when the crew gets the call, you will too. 

Give the crew a little more on their next launch

Your donation gives crews an extra bit of support when they put everything at risk to save those in need. Your donations are triggered by the same pager system that notifies the lifeboat’s volunteer crew members. This means you'll know when your local lifesavers have been called out.

Sign up now to follow your local lifeboat station.

Note: This service is available for UK billing networks only.  

Please note Sky Mobile is currently unsupported, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.  

If you're already signed up, you can log in and manage your SMS launch alerts. You can pause the your donations for a while - for example, while on holiday in another country. To end the alerts, simply reply 'STOP' to one of the alerts you've already received.


Text launch alerts are directly linked to our volunteer crew pagers. When the crew are mustered by a pager call, it triggers a donation and you'll receive a text alert. However, there are occasions when lifeboats launch without being paged. This could be because they're already out on exercise, are attending in support of another lifeboat or because the crew have been summoned by other means.

Text launch alerts can therefore best be taken as an indication of lifeboat activity, rather than a definitive account of rescues.

For operational reasons, there's a delay between the lifeboat launching and your alert and donation via text. In some cases this may be more than half an hour.

Terms and conditions for this service.

The desktop pager launches and beeps when we have been notified of a launch:

Desktop pager with launch alert notification
  • keep informed of the latest launches
  • choose to monitor all stations or selected stations
  • includes an information banner telling you of latest RNLI information
  • set it up to start up when your computer is switched on 

The desktop pager needs internet access to monitor launches.

Available versions

  • Mac - This version works with OS X10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) (1.3.1)
  • Windows - This covers XP, Vista and Windows 7 (1.3.1)

A new version of the RNLI pager has been released (20/07/2012 Version 1.3.1) with some fixes and new stations added. This new pager will require Adobe Air to work.

Note: The RNLI has tested this application on all mainstream/leading operating systems including Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7. However, due to the wide range of computer formats currently available, we cannot guarantee that it will work satisfactorily in all instances. For this reason we are also unable to provide support for this application.

Due to operational reasons, the desktop pager notifies you of launches after the launch has happened. In some cases, the delay in the notification can be up to an hour.

The pager is for PC and Mac and not mobile devices or tablets, for example: iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Download the desktop pager