The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Hitchin
|Published: 26th September 2016 10:27|
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 nautical miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. In total there are 235 RNLI lifeboat stations, four of which are on the River Thames in London. The RNLI also activated a beach lifeguard service in 2001 to provide a fully-integrated rescue service from beach to open sea, and now operates on 152 beaches around the UK.
The RNLI receives no government funding and functions purely through voluntary contributions.
Why should I support the RNLI in Hitchin?
- The Hitchin and District Branch of the RNLI is a very active and well organised group with over 150 members. By raising money locally we can help equip, train and protect our lifesavers now and in the future.
- If you and your family go to London and travel by boat on the River Thames you can take comfort in the fact that the RNLI are there to react in case of an emergency. Over 100,000 people use the river every day, making Tower lifeboat station the busiest RNLI station in the country.
- When you go to the seaside it is the RNLI who provide the lifeguards who offer you and your family and friends protection. These lifeguards are again paid for by voluntary contributions that we can make locally. If you go off-shore, perhaps sailing or on a pleasure cruise , again it is the RNLI who will be on hand to help if the need arises.
How can I contribute locally?
The RNLI is largely a volunteer organisation. Many thousands of people give their time, skill and commitment so that the RNLI can achieve its purpose of saving lives at sea. We rely on more than 40,000 volunteers throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland - on lifeboats, at stations, on beaches and through fundraising.
If you would like to join the Hitchin and District Branch of the RNLI then please contact the Chairman, John Pearce on 07545 003 792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.