RNLI Sends Out Lifeboat Week SOS Call To Londoners

Seeking collectors for local trains stations

There are three lifeboat stations in London whose crews rescued 372 people and saved 25 lives last year. The figures are in stark contrast to a survey which found only one in six Londoners know the charity’s lifeboats operate on the River Thames.

In a bid to raise awareness of the RNLI’s lifesaving work in the city and to collect much-needed funds for the charity, a host of activities will be taking place during London Lifeboat Week between 28 April and 4 May.

The busiest day of the week will be Tuesday 29 April when hundreds of collectors will be needed to rattle buckets and collect money throughout the capital.

Alex Drury, RNLI Community Support Co-ordinator, said: ‘The RNLI’s is more accustomed to responding to calls for help than issuing them, but we really need the support of Londoners to make London Lifeboat Week a success.

‘Our big collection day is Tuesday 29 April when we’ll be collecting across London, including at train stations from 7am through to 7pm. Any amount of time people can spare, particularly during morning and evening rush hours would make a real difference.

‘We’re a charity that relies on donations and the dedication of our volunteers to continue our lifesaving work, so please do give us any support you can.’

Collectors are need at the following local stations on 29th April:
Clapham Junction
the full list is available on-line.

Londoners are also being asked to download a fundraising pack full of ideas to help raise cash throughout London Lifeboat Week. These include ‘wear your wellies to work’, ‘pounds for pints’ and ‘come wine and dine’ events among others.

Tower lifeboat station located next to the Waterloo Bridge is the busiest in the UK and Republic of Ireland and is accompanied by Chiswick and Teddington lifeboat stations along the River Thames in London.

Anyone who would like to support their lifesaving work by becoming a collector on Tuesday 29 April can simply download and fill out a registration form here or search online for ‘London Lifeboat Week 2014’.

February 27, 2014