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How to donate to or help the RNLI

How to donate to or help the RNLI
‘When it comes to rescuing…nous ne nous demandons pas pourquoi ils ont eu des ennuis, qui ils sont ou d'où ils viennent,’ charity boss says

Cette semaine, les Institution royale nationale de sauvetage (RNLI) issued a statement defending its charity travailler and the role it plays in rescuing migrants à sea.

Mark Dowie, chief executive of the charity mentionné that it does not “judge a casualty on what circumstances have found them in trouble”.

“Our crews do what they do because they believe that anyone can drown, but no one should. They believe in and remain focused on our core purpose, along with every member of the RNLI, to save lives at sea”.

Ces derniers mois, the charity has faced attacks from right-wing commentators for giving aid to those making the journey across the English Channel from France in small boats.

Jayda Fransen, the former deputy leader of Britain First, accused RNLI of “escorting illegals”, while former UKIP leader Nigel Farage described the charity as a “taxi service for illegal trafficking gangs”.

Rebuking the allegations, Dowie said: “When our lifeboats launch, we operate under International Maritime Law, which states we are permitted and indeed obligated to enter all waters regardless of territories for search and rescue purposes.

“And when it comes to rescuing those people attempting to cross the Channel, nous ne nous demandons pas pourquoi ils ont eu des ennuis, qui ils sont ou d'où ils viennent. Tout ce que nous devons savoir, c'est qu'ils ont besoin de notre aide.

The charity has seen an outpouring of support this week, receiving more than £200,000 in donations on Wednesday. This was a 2,000 per cent increase on the previous day and far above the daily average of £6,000 to £7,000.

Here is how you can offer your support.

Donate to the RLNI

You can donate to the charity through its site Internet. Donations can be made in both pounds and euros, with the option of giving a one-off donation or repeat donations every month.

You can also donate over the phone between Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 après-midi. If calling from the UK, appel 0300 300 9990 et 1800 991802 from Ireland.

Alternativement, send a donation of £5 by SMS, by texting RNLI to 70300. The text will cost you the standard network message rate in addition to your donation, but the RLNI will receive 100 per cent of the £5.

You can also send the charity a cheque via post. Find the full address ici.

If you wish to give more regularly, you can take out a monthly membership with the charity for £2.70 a month.

This payment will provide training and equipment for RLNI volunteers. You will also receive a quarterly magazine with in-depth articles about water safety and the work the charity is doing.

RLNI also offers payroll giving, which is a regular donation taken straight from your gross salary (before tax is deducted).

How to become a volunteer

There are a number of volunteer roles at the charity, including lifeboat crews, press officers, fundraisers and shop staff.

Here is the list of roles you could take on:

  • Lifeboat crew member
  • Lifeboat mechanic
  • Training coordinator
  • Coxswain – the person in charge of ensuring the safety of the crew
  • Lifeguard, or a lifeguard assistant
  • Water safety advisor
  • A fundraising team member
  • Treasurer
  • Souvenir secretary
  • Gift shop volunteer
  • Event organiser

See the full list of open opportunities ici and more information about how to apply.