What we do

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. Volunteers make up 95% of our workforce – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Our people are selfless, dependable, trustworthy and courageous. These are our values and they underpin everything we do.

Since our inception in 1824, demand for our lifesaving services has evolved significantly. We provide a 24-hour search and rescue service from 237 lifeboat stations around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland, 2016 saw our lifeboats launch 278 times, rescuing 272 people and saving 9 lives.

In addition, we operate a seasonal lifeguard service on more than 220 UK and Channel Island beaches. Last year, lifeguards in Northern Ireland responded to 235 incidents, coming to the aid of 255 people. Incidents ranged from saving a life to rescues, providing casualty care and being involved in searches, near misses and incidents involving missing people.

The RNLI also operates a specialist Flood Rescue Team ready to respond to severe flooding situations throughout the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Gifts in Wills

A legacy to the RNLI will be more than a gift in your Will. It will be the lifeboat that launches to answer a call for help, and the vital training that means our crews can reach a casualty quickly and safely. It will be the waterproof kit that keeps our volunteers warm and dry on a rescue, and the first aid equipment they use to give someone the best possible care. It will save lives at sea.

Your legacy is our lifeline.

You can write your Will for free with Bequeathed and leave a gift to RNLI.

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Contact Us

Name: Jeremy Cronin
Telephone: 0300 300 0124
Email: legacy_enquiry@rnli.org.uk
Website: www.RNLI.org

Information your solicitor will need

Registered Address: RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ
Registered Charity Number: 209603