For over 50 years the Lymington RNLI lifeboat has provided search, rescue and lifesaving capability in the western Solent, Needles Channel and eastern sector of Christchurch Bay often working in conjunction with the inshore flank stations at Mudeford, Calshot and Cowes and the all-weather Severn Class lifeboat from Yarmouth as well as the local Coastguard units and helicopters from Lee on Solent (and historically Portland).
Since their 50th anniversary year in 2015, the Lymington Lifeboat crew operate an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat donated by the family, friends and work colleagues of Lymington local, David Bradley, after whom the boat is named.
Lymington RNLI raise money in a variety of different ways to support the operational needs of the station and the wider RNLI community. The Branch run a station souvenir shop and get involved in a range of fundraising activities, including
the annual RNLI Lymington 10K run and children’s fun runs, usually held the second Sunday in May. Keep an eye on the Lymington Events Calendar for details of RNLI events!
Located in the Bath Road at the Lifeboat Station, the RNLI shop is run by a super enthusiastic team of volunteers and is open Tuesday-Sunday from midday until 4pm (5pm in summer months). The shop stocks all manner of great items for all ages. There is a fantastic range of lifeboat related gifts, including toys, clothing, greetings and Christmas Cards. All profits raised go towards funding the RNLI Crews and Lifeboats - therefore making the ideal place to start your Christmas shopping this year! Find out more about the Lymington RNLI Shop, including how to volunteer, here.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. When engines fail, when storms hit fishing fleets, when curious teens get cut off by the tide, RNLI crew members are ready to jump in a lifeboat and bring people to safety. RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,400 lives since the RNLI was formed in 1824. They are seperate from the coastguard and independent of the goverment.
Volunteers provide a 24 hour search and rescue service in the UK and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifegaurds on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood resue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding put lives at risk.
More people than ever need help from the RNLI, too many are still drowning, and lifeboat crews are busier than ever before. Pledge your charity support and you can help them weather the storm. You can help them reach everyone safely and in time by helping to provide everything they need to save lives, including vital training, lifeboat stations that are fit for purpose, protective kit, reliable equipment and the fastest lifeboats. These things may be costly, but they're not as costly as a family losing a loved one to drowning.
There are many ways in which you can help the RNLI. Whether you volunteer, give money, shop with the RNLI or raise awareness, you can be sure that however you choose to provide charity support, you will make a lifesaving difference. Not only to the people we rescue and their loved ones, but to the crew and their families too.