Charity information


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and RoI, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales.

The RNLI also works to promote sea and beach safety.

Founded 1824

  • Mission statement

    The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

    We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service. Our Values reflect the way we do business as an organisation.

    The RNLI saves lives at sea.

    To end preventable loss of life at sea.

    Our work is based on and driven by our values. Our volunteers and staff strive for excellence and are...

    Selfless: willing to put the requirements of others before our own and the needs of the team before the individual, able to see the bigger picture and act in the best interests of the RNLI, and to be inclusive and respectful of others. Prepared to share our expertise with organisations that share our aims.

    Dependable: always available, committed to doing our part in saving lives with professionalism and expertise, continuously developing and improving. Working in and for the community and delivering on our promises.

    Trustworthy: responsible, accountable and efficient in the use of the donations entrusted to us by our supporters, managing our affairs with transparency, integrity and impartiality.

    Courageous: prepared to achieve our aims in changing and challenging environments. We are innovative, adaptable and determined in our mission to save more lives at sea.

  • Aims

    RNLI aims to:

    • The RNLI's vision is to end preventable loss of life at sea.
  • Overview

    Established: March 1824

    Registered Charity Number: 209603

    Board members: 82

    Volunteers: 42660

    Phone number: 01202 336800

    Address: RNLI West Quay Road Poole Dorset BH15 1HZ

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