The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is launching its Christmas appeal, as the charity asks for help to continue its lifesaving work at sea.
With thousands of volunteers around the UK and Ireland, each RNLI crew member signs up to save every one from drowning – it has been the charity’s mission since 1824. This Christmas many will leave their loved ones behind to answer the call, each time hoping to reunite another family, and see those in trouble at sea safely returned.
But these rescues would not be possible without donations from the RNLI’s generous supporters, helping to fund the essential kit, training and equipment needed by lifeboat crews all year round.
Jayne George, Fundraising, Marketing and Media Director at the RNLI, said: “Even at Christmas, our lifesavers are ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and rush to the aid of someone in trouble at sea. At this time of year, the weather’s at its worst and lives are on the line.
“We know that every time our crews go out they hope for a good outcome, but sadly this sometimes isn’t the case. We hope that this year’s Christmas appeal will show people just how tough it can be, but also that with their help we can get so much closer to our goal of saving every one.”
To make a donation to the RNLI’s Christmas Appeal visit: RNLI.org/Xmas