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"The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea - our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards provide 9 out of 10 sea rescue launches from the 230 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. We rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for 99% of our income. Training each crew member costs around 1000 per year, and enables them to go out to sea and save lives in all conditions.

You can show your support by participating in one of our fundraising events in your area, making a donation or even giving your time as a volunteer. For more information please go to www.rnli.org.uk - we really do appreciate your support, and by raising funds for the RNLI you will be directly contributing to the essential lifesaving service offered by our volunteer crews. Those crews rescued an average of 22 people per day last year at a cost of up to 5,800 per launch. Your contributions are the only way that the RNLI can continue to maintain its ’ring of safety’ around the British Isles".

RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

To find out more, here's the link:Lifeboats - RNLILifeboats - RNLI


If you're wondering if that's an affiliate program, no, it isn't yet. Now there's a thought!

In my way of thinking, it's instinctive to save lives at sea. There are some things that unite humanity. It's just one of those things.

If you're interested in doing something which might feel dangerous in the good cause of this noble charity, you may be interested to hear about the bungee jump at Whitby Gothic Weekend. Could be fun!

The sea around the UK is not just wet, as you'd expect, but it is also very cold. People die of hypothermia, not just drowning. If it was ten degrees Celsius colder it would be solid ice. This, plus the fact that the sea can get very rough in bad weather and has a habit of smashing violently into the jagged coastline, makes it a peril to be reckoned with. You might say no-one in their right mind would go to sea in bad weather when it's really treacherous, but lifeboatmen do!

Another fact worth mentioning about the RNLI is that when they rescue someone whose boat has not sunk yet, they are entitled to claim salvage rights to the boat. This would surely improve the charity's funds, but actually they don't claim salvage rights even though they could.

These paragraphs in quotes at the beginning of this page are by the RNLI, whereas those at the end of this page are comments I've added. If you'd like to visit the official site, it's www.RNLI.org.uk