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The Lifeboat Fund's 2011 Appeal

Tuesday 26 April 2011

The focus of our Appeal in 2011 is to support the training and equipping of crews at lifeboat stations around the UK. 

It takes around £1,100 to £1,200 to train and to kit out each volunteer member of the crew. 

The RNLI has a total of 4,800 voluntary crew members (8% of whom are women) who come from all walks of life within their local communities.  These crews rescue an average of 22 people every day.  

The Lifeboat Fund’s major Appeal Day, when we hope all Government bodies will want to join in the fundraising, is:

16 September (Scotland will focus on 15th, as the 16th is a public holiday).      

The Lifeboat Fund is working closely with the RNLI which is delighted to help provide our fundraising materials etc.  The RNLI’s biggest fundraising days this year are: SOS Day (28th January), and the week of 2nd to 8th May (the biggest collection activity, when supporters converge on the streets of London).  For the first time in 2011, The Lifeboat Fund asked its volunteers to consider if they might like to use those opportunities as a focus for their own fundraising.      

  Each year, it costs a massive £148m to run the RNLI (£405,000 every day) with every penny coming from voluntary giving.    


Resources to help with your 2011 Annual Appeal activity are on the "Get Involved" page of this website!

One of those many resources is this leaflet, which can be ordered from the RNLI to promote your Appeal activities (contact:  This poster is also available (in A3 and A4 sizes) - download this file or order copies from the RNLI.

This RNLI publication also promotes the case for The Fund's 2011 Appeal.  Flood rescue work is very hazardous and requires dedicated training of the crews who respond to these inland emergencies.  An RNLI Team Leaflet on flood rescue may also assist.

More materials and forms can be downloaded from this website page.

For further information please contact:  
Angela Saunders, 
Hon. Secretary,
The Lifeboat Fund,
Scottish Government,
E1 Spur,
Saughton House,
Broomhouse Drive,

TEL: 0131-244 8488;     
FAX: 0131-244 3833