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The Lifeboat Fund began in 1866 because a group of public servants was inspired to give tangible help to the charity that saves lives at sea, by buying a lifeboat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Still to this day, no-one would contest the case for supporting such an excellent cause. The majority of RNLI crew are volunteers and put their own safety at risk day in day out to help those who need it.

The RNLI – like The Lifeboat Fund – is still going strong and, since 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives.  Many rescues take place at night and in atrocious conditions.  The courageous crew volunteers deserve every support, and The Lifeboat Fund has made that cause its mission.

Read here, news about our sole beneficiary, its latest rescue statistics - which are truly impressive - and link up to its website, to learn more about the charity we love to support.

Useful links: 

About the RNLI

RNLI history

Lifeboats and Lifeboat stations

About lifeguards and the lifeguard service

International Development