Virtual Gift - Fuel a Lifeboat

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Our lifeboat crews are busier than they've ever been. We need your help to ensure they can keep doing what they do best save lives.

This virtual gift will help fund our lifeboat search and rescue service. This includes the cost of providing essential kit, training and operational support for our lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland who are ready to launch 24/7. It also includes the cost of running and maintaining the lifeboat stations, lifeboats and launching equipment they need to save lives at sea.

The gift of reaching people in danger at sea

Fuelling our lifeboats is one of the RNLI's biggest costs. On average, lifeboat volunteers launch over 25,000 times a year on rescue missions and training exercises, spending over 220,000 hours a year at sea. They rescue over 8,000 people a year and save over 300 lives.

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Where your money goes

Buying an RNLI virtual gift powers our lifesaving work - whether you send it to a loved one as a unique present or buy one for yourself to show your personal support for our lifesavers.

The money raised from the sale of our Lifesaving Gifts goes directly towards our lifeboat or lifeguard service. It helps fund essential kit, training and operational support for our lifesavers as well as providing and maintaining rescue equipment and facilities.

That means, depending on the gift you choose, your Lifesaving Gift could buy anything from a pair of sea gloves to keep a lifeboat volunteer's hands warm during cold, wet shouts, to heating a lifeboat station so that our volunteers can get changed in the warm and dry. It could buy a rash vest to protect a lifeguard's skin from the sun's harmful rays or go towards a new lifeguard unit to help our lifeguards protect thousands of beachgoers.

How to use your Lifesaving Gift

Once you've selected and ordered your virtual gift, we'll send you your Lifesaving Gift in the post. Simply detach the gift card, write your message inside the card and give to a friend or loved one in the envelope provided.

The card acts as a lifesaving keepsake, reminding your recipient how your Lifesaving Gift will benefit our lifesavers and help save lives at sea.

If you order any of our virtual gift cards you will be making a donation of the amount you have selected to RNLI. Neither you, nor the recipient of your virtual gift card (if someone other than you), will receive the item described on your chosen virtual gift card.

Depending on the type of virtual gift chosen by you, your donation will be paid to RNLI and used to help the RNLI to fund its Lifeguards or Lifeboats services generally. The specific item shown on the virtual gift card is an indication only of how your donation will be used.

For more information about our virtual gifts and donations please see our Terms and Conditions.


Product code: RS974467

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Available for home delivery
Standard UK delivery within 7 working days.

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Delivered within 1-2 working days

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International delivery
Delivery to EU within 15 working days.

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Please call 0300 300 9916

or +44 1375 484577 (from outside the UK)

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