The RNLI is calling on the public to consider including a donation to the charity in their wills.
Every gift is a lifesaver to the RNLI, with six out of its ten launches made possible through gifts left by the deceased. The RNLI is asking people to consider leaving a legacy during ‘Remember the RNLI’ week, which runs from 10 to 16 September.
Legacies are vital to the future of the RNLI, assisting volunteer lifeboat crews to continue their work in often difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions. Last year alone, Irish lifeboats, many of which were funded thanks to donations of this kind, were launched 980 times, saved 49 lives and rescued 905 people.
Each gift, regardless of size, can make a difference. A €10 contribution for example, will buy a crew member a pair of gloves, while €180 will cover the cost of a pager and €206 will purchase a helmet.
Mike Swan, Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said the thoughtful people who remember the RNLI after their day are very important to the charity.
“Their generosity and selflessness is mirrored in the selflessness of the crews they support.”
“A donation in this way makes a massive difference to our volunteer lifeboat crews. We hope that Remember the RNLI week will help us spread that message to people who may be considering leaving a legacy but have not yet done so,” explained Lorraine Byrne, Manager of RNLI Legacy Ireland.
To find our more about legacies, contact Lorraine Byrne on 01-8951833 or 087-4185867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org