We are The Lifeboat Fund – we are a charity that exists for one purpose: to help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) - the charity that saves lives at sea. Over many years we have done this by raising money to pay for new lifeboats, refurbishing lifeboat stations and boats, and buying crew kit, equipment & training for RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards.
The 2013 Lifeboat Fund Appeal focused its support on crew safety and the target for that year was £185,000.
The RNLI asked The Fund to raise sufficient donations to cover the cost of a full kit for one crew member at every lifeboat station in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This meant our goal for each lifeboat crew kit we provided was £770.
Although it sounded like a challenge, it was a challenge The Lifeboat Fund was keen to accept - and the charity delivered!
In 2012, nearly £120,000 was raised across the UK by The Lifeboat Fund to help support the RNLI and three priorities it asked us to support.
The focus of fundraising in Scotland was to raise money to kit out crew members in the latest safety lifejackets.
A second priority was to fundraise for lifeguard training of one person at every UK RNLI-lifeguarded beach.
We also paid maintenance costs at lifeboat stations where The Fund's boats were in service - to keep them in top condition.
The Lifeboat Fund was extremely grateful to all who responded to the popular theme of its 2011 UK Appeal.
The total raised by The Fund that year - to help train and kit out lifeboat crews around the UK - was £122,000.
Training and crew kit are vital and it cost more than £1,200. In 2011 to train each member of the crew. Equipping these volunteers for their protection cost over £1,100 for an inshore kit and about £1,130 for an all-weather kit.