Why the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

RNLI fact sheet

The RNLI is a unique national lifeboat rescue charity, founded by Sir William Hillary on 4th March 1824.

Operated and crewed by local volunteers 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.

RNLI rescues 1,000’s and saves 100’s of lives at sea every year.

It cost £177.3m to run in 2016.

The RNLI is funded only by donations

Sir William Hillary
Sir William Hillary