The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has issued an SOS call for help to raise funds during London Lifeboat Week.

Crews at the three lifeboat stations in London rescued 372 people and saved 25 lives last year. But a survey has found only one in six Londoners know the lifeboats operate on the River Thames.

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

The busiest day of the week will be Tuesday April 29th 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 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.’

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’.

You can download a fundraising pack filled with fun ideas to raise money during London Lifeboat Week at http://rnli.org/londonlifeboats

Story dated Feb 26th 2014


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