Help Lymington's Lifeboat crew save lives at sea
Visit the Lymington RNLI shop and consider giving RNLI membership as a gift this Christmas
As a coastal town, we're blessed in Lymington to have an active lifeboat, with crew willing to drop everything and rush out into the Solent whenever the call comes, in every weather condition and sea state.
The Inshore Lifeboat station at Lymington was previously an independent service run by the local sailing clubs which in May 1965 became part of the RNLI. It's a critical '4th emergency service' to the area which is funded entirely by donations. The crew are all volunteers, giving up their time to ensure the safety of others.
These brave, dependable chaps selflessly speed out and help others who are in difficulty, often forfeiting precious time with their families (who in turn worry about the safe return of their loved one - especially in stormy conditions). They spend time also educating the local community about safety in the water - and willingly provide tours of their Lifeboat Station to groups.
RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,400 lives since the RNLI was formed in 1824. And each year more people than ever need help from the RNLI: too many are still drowning, and lifeboat crews are busier than ever before.
This is a charity that needs our help more than ever.
The Lymington RNLI team raises money throughout the year to support the operational needs of the station and the wider RNLI community, including organising events such as the RNLI Lymington 10K and children’s fun, held in Woodside Gardens on the second Sunday in May. The branch runs a station souvenir shop, offers a range of fundraising activities and frequently gets involved in community events.
In supporting the RNLI, you'll be helping crews to 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.
So how can you help?
Visit the RNLI Shop for gifts this Christmas
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!
Give RNLI Membership as a gift
Last Christmas my other half announced that he would really appreciate membership of the RNLI - it really is a perfect gift, ideal when you're scratching your head about what to buy (or in our case, what to suggest as a gift from the in-laws!). And especially nowadays when we are all trying to live more sustainably and are trying not to buy things 'for the sake of it.' There are several types of RNLI Membership.
Become a Shoreline Member
From just £2.70 a month (£32 a year single, £58 a year joint), Shoreline Membership is ideal for those who want to become part of the RNLI family and join the lifesaving community. For less than the price of a coffee each month you have the knowledge that you're helping to save lives at sea. Find out more and buy Shoreline Membership here.
Become an Offshore Member
From just £6.40 a month (£76 a year single, £128 a year joint), Offshore Membership is perfect for those who love the water. It’s a chance to give back to the lifesavers who will always be there for you and your loved ones, should you need them. Find out more and buy Offshore Membership here.
Become an RNLI Governor
From just £8.50 a month (£102 a year single, £160 a year joint), becoming an RNLI Governor means you'll have your say at the AGM and help shape the future of this forward-thinking charity with a remarkable history. Find out more and buy RNLI Governor Membership here.
Whether you volunteer, donate money now or in your Will, shop with the RNLI, become a member or help to raise funds and awareness, you can be sure that you'll make a lifesaving difference. Not only to the people who are rescued and their loved ones, but to the crew and their families too.