The Lifeboat Fund

The Lifeboat Fund is proud to be the single largest regular contributor to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea.

The Lifeboat Fund is proud to be the single largest regular contributor to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea.

The Lifeboat Fund is an official charity of the Civil Service, the Royal Mail and British Telecom. It raises funds through donations from both serving and retired employees and from legacies. Civil servants across the UK organise fundraising collections and promote the lifesaving work of the RNLI.

The Communications and Public Service Lifeboat Fund (The Lifeboat Fund for short) was formed in 1866 by civil servants who wanted to donate. Now, in the 21st Century, its mission continues. All money raised by The Fund goes directly to support the RNLI. Since it was formed, The Lifeboat Fund has provided the RNLI with 52 new lifeboats – which have saved over 4,700 lives – as well as lots of other assistance.

Back in 1866, a group of civil servants met and determined to present a lifeboat to the RNLI. They issued an appeal to government offices asking for a total of £300. Within the year, they had raised it, and bought the lifeboat, “Civil Service” – propelled by 10 oars, and saving 122 lives and three vessels in her 12 years of service. The committee then founded The Lifeboat Fund, which has supported the RNLI for 145 years.

Visit The Lifeboat Fund's website for further information or to donate.

The Communications and Public Service Lifeboat Fund (The Lifeboat Fund for short); Registered charity numbers: 248421 (England and Wales) and SC041904 (Scotland); Patron – HRH The Duke of Kent

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