Funeral donations

Fish and chip lover, sailing enthusiast, RNLI supporter - only you know why a funeral collection for the RNLI is what they would have wanted.
RNLI donation envelopes for collections at funeral and memorial services
RNLI donation envelopes for collections at funeral and memorial services

Remember them fondly

There are many special and personal ways to give a gift in memory of someone you love at their funeral.

From leaving a one-off online donation, a gift on a tribute fund page, to replacing traditional costs – such as flowers – with a contribution to the RNLI instead.

Lots of our supporters organise a funeral collection in honour of someone special – and some have kindly shared their experiences with us.

Create an online funeral notice

You may wish to set up a funeral notice to share the details of your loved one’s service with family and friends.

As well as sharing the specifics of the funeral, you could use the page to collect donations in lieu of flowers – or use it as an online memorial to share photos and memories to celebrate their life.

Things to include in the funeral notice:

  • The name of your loved one
  • The city, town, or village they lived in
  • Any surviving family
  • Their place of work
  • Funeral date and time
  • Funeral location
  • Whether the funeral is public or private
  • Details of a wake, if there will be one afterwards
  • Whether people should bring flowers or make a memorial donation.

 

 

How to order funeral donation envelopes

We can send you special RNLI envelopes to use for a funeral collection, making it easy for friends and family to donate to a loved one.

They can be used to collect at a funeral – or before or after the service, for those who could not attend on the day.

Funeral directors are usually happy to collect the envelopes on your behalf and send back to the RNLI.

By using the envelopes, you could also raise up to 25% more as the RNLI can claim Gift Aid.

Can I claim Gift Aid on my donation?

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate – at no extra cost to you.

Last year, the RNLI were able to reclaim £5M through Gift Aid. Check the full Gift Aid terms and conditions to make sure you can apply Gift Aid to your donation.

Can I choose how my donation is spent?

A donation in memory makes incredible feats of bravery possible by our volunteers – and a gift of any size can help to keep them safe.

We ensure that every gift is used where the need is greatest to save more lives at sea. Training that turns ordinary people into extraordinary lifesavers, kit that protects them as they risk their lives to save others, innovations that teach young people the skills to survive in open water, and all areas of our work. Find out more about how your money is spent.

If you wish, you can specify where or how you would like your donation to be spent – be it training, a particular lifeboat station, or a different area of the RNLI's work. Please contact us to ask about this first. 

Why should I consider a gift in lieu of flowers?

It's traditional to give flowers at a funeral, but more and more people are choosing to commemorate the life of a loved one by donating to a cause that meant a lot to them.

A gift in memory to the RNLI is a personal way of remembering someone while supporting our lifesaving work. It means a lot to us when you choose to remember a loved on in this way.

Will you acknowledge receipt of my donation, or send an acknowledgment to the next of kin? 

We’d love the opportunity to express our gratitude to you – and your family and friends – for thinking of us at this difficult time.

Please provide us with the name of the next of kin and their relationship to the deceased, and we’ll write to thank them for their generosity.

How do I pay in a funeral collection?

You can pay in donations collected from a funeral service online. Alternatively, you can send them to us at our Headquarters in Poole, Dorset, to process for you – but to keep your donations safe, please do not send cash in the post.

If funeral directors are paying your collection in on your behalf, please note this can take up to 8 weeks.

Where do I send a funeral collection to?

If you’d like to send us your collected donations from a funeral or memorial service, we’ll be happy to process them for you – though to keep your donations safe please do not send cash in the post. 

Please address your collection to: RNLI Legacy and In Memory Team, RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ.

Can I get some RNLI merchandise to display at a funeral or memorial service?

If you would like some complimentary RNLI merchandise to commemorate your loved one’s service, please contact us.

We have a variety of materials available, such as RNLI flags, pin-badges, pop-up collection boxes and leaflets – simply let us know your requirements and we’ll try and accommodate them as best as we can.