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The RNLI received 35% of the votes, leading to a donation of £26,325. That's enough to cover average crew training costs for a year at an all-weather lifeboat station. Or to buy a four-wheel-drive vehicle to help RNLI lifeguards keep you safe on the beach.
Thanks once again, to everyone who voted, and to Waitrose for this vital donation.
Aberdeen Asset Management
Aberdeen Asset Management PLC is an international investment management group. Its mission is to deliver superior fund performance across diverse asset classes in which it believes it has a sustainable competitive edge. Since Aberdeen Asset Management was founded 30 years ago, it has supported the communities in which it operates and helped some worthy local, national and international charities.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation
Last year marked a milestone in the group’s philanthropic activities with the launch of the Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation. The aim of the Foundation is to expand and formalise charitable investment across the group.
The Foundation has two core focuses:
• emerging markets, reflecting its ambition to give back to those areas that are a key strategic focus of the business
• local communities – reflecting its ambition to build on the established pattern of giving to communities in which Aberdeen employees live and work.
It seeks partnerships with smaller charities, so that funds can a have a meaningful and measurable impact, and so that Aberdeen employees can use their time and skills to support the selected projects.
Aberdeen and the RNLI
The Cowes Lifeboat Station Appeal was launched in 2011 and Aberdeen Asset Management was keen to get involved, as it was already sponsor of the Cowes Week sailing regatta.
The company funded the creation of the station’s new balcony and representatives from Aberdeen were present last July to see Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip officially open the new lifeboat station as part of The Queen’s extended Jubilee Tour.
Aberdeen Asset Management is sponsoring Cowes Week until 2015 and is keen to continue its support of the station and its crew wherever possible. A spokesperson said: 'The service provided by the RNLI 24 hours a day is incredibly important to all those who work and play on the water and we are very proud to support its work as part of our charitable activities and our sponsorship of Cowes Week.'
Bishop Skinner Marine
Bishop Skinner Marine is proud to be the only insurance broker working in partnership with the RNLI and the RYA, providing boat and travel insurance to our members.
Bishop Skinner also donates 2.5% of members' premiums to the RNLI, which has helped raise over £600,000 since 1987 to help fund our lifesaving work.
98%* of Bishop Skinner Marine clients recommend them to friends and colleagues for boat insurance.
10%** discount for RNLI Offshore members on most boats
Features and benefits include:
• discounts** on most policies for RNLI Offshore and RYA members
• discounts** for RYA qualifications
• immediate cover with policies underwritten by major UK insurers
• £3M third party cover
• up to 25% no claims bonus
• 7-day claims helpline
• legal protection option
• personal attention to detail at all times
• fast and efficient claims service
To find out more and for a free no-obligation quotation, visit bishopskinner.com or call 0800 783 8057.
Going on your hols?
RNLI Offshore members can now also enjoy travel insurance designed with sailors in mind. Get a free no-obligation quote here.
About Bishop Skinner Marine
As a boat insurance specialist, Bishop Skinner has been providing clients with expert advice and innovative insurance solutions for over 40 years. Its dedicated team know the risks associated with this diverse and sometimes complex sector.
*Client satisfaction survey May 2012. 754 of 775 total responses
** See terms and conditions here
Cottages4you and Hoseasons Holidays
If so, cottages4you and Hoseasons Holidays are offering RNLI supporters a 5% discount on stays in their holiday homes around the UK, Republic of Ireland, France and Italy, as well as at their holiday parks and on activity breaks.
What’s more, for every booking made by a supporter, cottages4you will pay at least 5% in support of the RNLI.
So whatever you are looking for, cottages4you and Hoseasons have thousands of quality holiday options for you to choose from.
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been a corporate supporter of the RNLI for over 40 years. An RNLI volunteer, Howard Bell (and his wife, Poppy) started fundraising onboard the cruise ships in the 1960s and the relationship has grown since then.
Through the wonderful and continued support of the Fred. Olsen passengers and crews, they have have funded several inshore lifeboats. The last B-774 Braemar, which went on service in 2001, bought three mobile training units, kitted out three seminar rooms at RNLI College and raised the funds for the development of the Atlantic 85 DODO (drive-on-drive-off) trolleys, in addition to funding three trolleys at Mudeford, Cullercoats and Criccieth.
In 2009, a further £91,000 was raised, helping them reach their latest target of £150,000 to fund the new Atlantic 85 lifeboat for Kyle of Lochalsh, which went on service in 2011.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines pride themselves on providing a very personal service on their four distinctive vessels: Braemar, Black Watch, Boudicca and Balmoral. So just remember, you can enjoy a relaxing cruise and help fundraise for the RNLI at the same time.
Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, comments: 'Fundraising for the RNLI has become an institution on all our ships, and it is very rewarding to know that the generosity of our passengers and crew has achieved so much this year.'
For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit fredolsencruises.com.
Giveacar is a UK based fundraising organisation that specialises in auctioning or scrapping old cars for charitable causes throughout the world, including the RNLI.
They provide a FREE service which is available throughout the UK, and can work with you hand-in-hand in the following ways:
They can arrange the collection of the vehicle;
Depending on its age and condition, they can either send it for environmentally safe disposal and recycling at an Authorised Treatment Facility, or to a salvage auction;
This means that 70% of all recycling or auction revenue will be paid in support of the RNLI for each car that is recycled or sold by GiveaCar
To arrange collection of a car, visit Giveacar.co.uk or call 020 0011 1664, quoting RNLI as your preferred charity.
Hotel Booking Agents Association
The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) has chosen the RNLI as their charity of the year for 2012. The HBAA represents the collective interest of the parties involved in the procurement and management of conference, meetings and accommodation in the UK and internationally and is made up of over 80 agents and 200 chain and independent hotels and venues.
The choice of charity is personally selected by the associations chairman. The RNLI has been selected by Chris Peacock because of his personal affinity with the sea, the charity's volunteering values and the fact that the RNLI is non UK government funded. For his year in charge Chris has set a challenging target of raising £50,000 through a calendar of activities that will include HBAA in a boat, the HBAA Annual Forum, HBAA Golf Day and will culminate in the HBAA Annual Dinner in January 2013.
On announcing the partnership Chris Peacock, HBAA Chairman said: 'RNLI volunteers are dedicated to saving lives at sea. They deserve the best possible training and support to ensure they stay safe while delivering this priceless emergency service. As somebody who enjoys coastal environments, I’m personally passionate about this good cause. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to nominate the RNLI as the HBAA's charity of the year during my time as Chairman'.
Local Community Recycling
RNLI Textile Collection Scheme - Turn unwanted items into lifesaving essentials
We currently buy over 2 million tonnes of new clothing and textiles every year in the UK, and according to DEFRA it is the UK’s fastest growing household waste stream. At the same time we are dumping over 1 million tonnes of used textiles in the bin and collecting only about 550,000 tonnes for re-use and recycling annually.
The RNLI and Local Community Recycling Services Limited (LCRSL) are working together to collect unwanted clothing and textiles in order to generate vital funds that help to support our volunteer crews and lifeguards as well as reduce the amount of waste going into landfill.
LCRSL are the only commercial company authorised to make doorstep textile collections on behalf of the RNLI. They regularly post thousands of collection bags to homes across all areas of the UK. (You will know they are collecting on behalf of RNLI because the bag displays our logo - please be sure to only use our authorised bags) All you need to do is drop any unwanted textiles, clothing, bags or shoes into the donation bags and leave them on the roadside on collection day stated on the bag.
Each year the money raised helps are volunteer crews and lifeguards save lives at sea. However, charities and legitimate collection companies are under threat from bogus collectors who want to take advantage of their good name by posing as genuine collectors.
If you are unsure as to whether an RNLI bag is genuine please call LCRSL helpline about this or any other queries you may have on 0845 074 0603 – calls are charged at standard rate.
For further information:
RNLI FAQs about textile collections
Institute of Fundraising House to House Collections Guidance
Local Community Recycling Services Limited
Scottish and Southern Energy
Powering Crew Training Into The Future
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is the second largest energy supplier in the UK, providing electricity and gas to over 9 million customers.
In 2008 SSE set out its plans to double its renewable energy capacity by 2013. As part of this strategy, SSE is one of the companies developing what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm at Greater Gabbard in the North Sea.
SSE and the RNLI have formed a partnership that will secure funding for the charity of £100,000 a year for 3 years. The donation will fund volunteer crew training [hyperlink] at Lowestoft, Aldeburgh, Harwich and Southwold lifeboat stations.
Announcing the partnership during a visit to the RNLI at Lowestoft in November 2009, Ian Marchant, SSE’s Chief Executive, said: ‘SSE is developing a number of large-scale wind farms off the UK coast and we look for appropriate ways to bring benefit to the communities that host them.
‘Clearly, there is no offshore community in the conventional sense of the word, but everyone would agree that all seafarers constitute a community in their own right. For this reason we looked to partner with an organisation that is universally appreciated by offshore workers, fishermen, merchant seamen, recreational sailors and swimmers – the RNLI.
‘I am impressed by the commitment the RNLI has to providing world-class training for its volunteer lifeboat crew members and I am personally delighted that we are able to help support this.’
David Brann, Fundraising and Communications Director for the RNLI, said: ‘We’re delighted that SSE recognises the full value of the training we provide. Also that Ian demonstrated his commitment by visiting the RNLI’s Lowestoft lifeboat station to see for himself the work that we do and to meet just a few of the people who voluntarily put their trust in their training when going to the aid of others.
‘The RNLI is at the heart of the community in the UK and Republic of Ireland and is very appreciative of the support SSE will provide for its life saving work over the next three years. The RNLI is excited at the prospect of working with SSE and believes that there is scope for the partnership to develop in the future.’
Only one in 10 RNLI volunteers has a professional maritime occupation and regular crew training is vital, allowing them to go to sea and save lives. It costs over £1,200 a year to train each crew member and the RNLI relies on support from organisations such as SSE and members of the public to help it meet training costs.
In the 2 years that Southern Water has partnered the RNLI it has raised over £80,000 for the charity
At the most recent of Southern Water’s fundrasing events, almost 6,000 people turned out for the Super Irish Race Day at Fontwell Park in October 2010. Held to raise money for various charities, the day included seven races and culminated with a live concert by top Irish band The Saw Doctors.
Perhaps the most popular race was that between local mascots, which saw Southern Water’s Mr Drink-It dash to the finish line way ahead of the pack. But the real winners of the day were the seven charities nominated by Southern Water staff to equally share the £80,000 raised through table and race sponsorship, a charity auction, a tipster competition and the sale of raffle tickets.
As well as the RNLI, the charities supported were WaterAid, the NSPCC, Cancer Research UK, Chestnut Tree House, Sussex Community Foundation and asthma charity AAIR / AWAAIREBEAR.
Kevin Buck, Southern Water’s Charity Fundraising Manager, said: ‘Once again the race day was a resounding success, thanks to the enthusiasm of the sponsors, all the guests, our team of hard-working volunteers and everyone who came along to enjoy the day.
'The new grandstand was a fantastic venue for the day and the marquee helped ensure that everyone had shelter from the inclement weather.
'Everyone at Southern Water is delighted to be able to help raise this money and thereby improve the lives of many people, both at home and in some of the world’s most deprived areas. Those who will benefit include cancer and asthma patients, suffering children and people whose lives are saved at sea by the RNLI.’
The connection is deep, borne from a mutual respect for the sea: Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky, made by the sea on the shores of the Isle of Skye, and the RNLI the charity that saves lives at sea.
The relationship was launched at the London Boat Show in 2008. since the launch, a number of joint initiatives have seen valuable funds raised for RNLI projects. For example, inspirational yachtsman Pete Goss joined RNLI volunteer crew members to share tales of rescues and heroism in a series of intimate evenings called ‘Talisker Tales’ held and sailing clubs throughout the UK and the RNLI Cowes Week Supper in 2009.
Currently Talisker are running a promotion in selected bars and pubs whereby if you buy a dram of whisky 20p will be donated to the RNLI. You can then collect loyalty stickers on a card and once you have four you will be able to get your own Talisker/RNLI rocking glass.
Look out for extra special packs of Talisker whisky on sale now in selected stores including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose as a recommended price of £32. Talisker will donate £1 to the RNLI for each pack sold.
The Lifeboat Fund
The Lifeboat Fund is proud to be the single largest regular contributor to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea.
The Lifeboat Fund is an official charity of the Civil Service, the Royal Mail and British Telecom. It raises funds through donations from both serving and retired employees and from legacies. Civil servants across the UK organise fundraising collections and promote the lifesaving work of the RNLI.
The Communications and Public Service Lifeboat Fund (The Lifeboat Fund for short) was formed in 1866 by civil servants who wanted to donate. Now, in the 21st Century, its mission continues. All money raised by The Fund goes directly to support the RNLI. Since it was formed, The Lifeboat Fund has provided the RNLI with 52 new lifeboats – which have saved over 4,700 lives – as well as lots of other assistance.
Back in 1866, a group of civil servants met and determined to present a lifeboat to the RNLI. They issued an appeal to government offices asking for a total of £300. Within the year, they had raised it, and bought the lifeboat, “Civil Service” – propelled by 10 oars, and saving 122 lives and three vessels in her 12 years of service. The committee then founded The Lifeboat Fund, which has supported the RNLI for 145 years.
Visit The Lifeboat Fund's website for further information or to donate.
The Communications and Public Service Lifeboat Fund (The Lifeboat Fund for short); Registered charity numbers: 248421 (England and Wales) and SC041904 (Scotland); Patron – HRH The Duke of Kent
The Recycling Factory
An environmentally friendly way to raise funds for the RNLI
The Recycling Factory has been in partnership with the RNLI since 2008, helping to raise vital funds through the recycling of used:
In 2012, with the generous support of RNLI supporters, the partnership raised in excess of £152,000. This year the scheme is on course to exceed this figure, adding to the partnership's already impressive running total of over £500,000 - a figure that would not be achievable without RNLI supporters everywhere. So thank you.
Be green and recycle for the RNLI
It's a simple way to raise funds for the RNLI's important lifesaving work, while also helping to protect the environment, and it couldn’t be easier to get involved.
The Recycling Factory will donate up to £4.50 for every inkjet and toner cartridge successfully recycled and up to £15 for every mobile phone and gadget that can be recycled too.
Taking part in the scheme comes at no cost to you as all materials are provided free of charge.
To request your freepost RNLI envelopes or collection boxes, simply call The Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696 or email email@example.com.
Contact details for all enquiries relating to the scheme
Telephone: 0800 091 0696 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Sponsorship of RNLI flood rescue team.
Toolstation, a leading UK supplier of tools and fixings and part of the Travis Perkins Group, has partnered with the RNLI to support the Charity’s Flood Rescue Team since 2010. The RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT) is made up of volunteer lifeboat crew members and operational RNLI staff who are specially trained to provide emergency search and rescue services in the event of inland flooding.
With ongoing incidences of extreme weather, the services of the FRT are being called on more and more. The team played a key role during the Cumbria floods in the winter of 2009, for instance, where they helped rescue more than 200 people.
'Toolstation is enjoying exceptional success across the UK and we were keen to become involved in something that offered national benefit,' says Managing Director Neil Carroll. 'Through fundraising and other activities, many of our staff have now worked with members of the FRT and we have very much been made to feel as though we are part of the Team ourselves.’
The sponsorship agreement includes direct financial support of £30,000 per year, as well as extra funding from the sale of merchandise at Toolstation’s 100+ UK branches. In addition, Toolstation employees raise more money every year through SOS Day and a variety of other fundraising events.
Williamson Fine Teas
Lifeboat Tea is a truly lifesaving cup of tea!
The deliciously refreshing tea is now aiming to raise over £200,000 a year to help train and equip the RNLI's brave volunteer crew. Look out for the new, bold orange 80 tea bag boxes in selected Waitrose, Tesco and Asda stores nationwide where 7p from each pack sold will go directly to the RNLI. Furthermore it's sold at all RNLI shops and through the RNLI online shop rnlishop.org.uk where all profits go to the RNLI. This offers tea lovers across the country the unique opportunity to enjoy a quality cup of Kenyan black tea, while helping save lives at sea.
Produced by Williamson Tea, a family owned business with over 140 years of tea expertise, Lifeboat Tea has had a long-standing association with the RNLI: ‘We’ve been associated with the RNLI for the past 20 years and have raised well over £100,000 for the charity to date,’ says Williamson Tea Managing Director Philip Magor. ‘Now we are looking to double this figure annually with the re-launch of Lifeboat Tea to help the RNLI continue in its invaluable and voluntary service of saving lives at sea.’
Lifeboat Tea first originated when a sailor and his crew were caught in a violent storm during the tragic Fastnet race in 1979. All crew members were rescued from their sinking boat by the RNLI and Lifeboat Tea was set up to mark their gratitude and to raise money for their life savers.
Find out more about Lifeboat Tea at www.lifeboattea.co.uk
Why not hold a Brew for the Crew?
Brew for the Crew, supported by Lifeboat Tea, is an exciting, new way to fundraise for the RNLI - you can support our volunteer crew members and lifeguards simply by putting the kettle on!
Whether you hold a traditional tea party at home, work, school or in the village hall – or something different like an open garden or pub quiz – when you and your friends and family have a Brew for the Crew, you’ll be supporting the RNLI’s lifesaving work.
It’s so easy to get involved: simply sign up for your free Brew for the Crew fundraising kit, containing everything you need, including a sample pouch of Lifeboat Tea, to help save lives at sea!
Right behind the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) corporate partnership with Yamaha will jointly promote the charity’s fundraising efforts while offering benefits to customers of Yamaha.
Every purchaser of a new Yamaha outboard engine, from the smallest F2.5 to the powerful F350, V8 will receive 12 months free RNLI Offshore membership worth £68, while supporting the RNLI at the same time. Members receive free RNLI publications including The Lifeboat, RNLI Compass and Offshore for those who actively enjoy the sea. Other benefits include free sea safety advice and product discounts, an RNLI membership card giving access to the RNLI’s College in Poole and the opportunity to attend the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards.
The new partnership is a natural progression of the existing supply relationship between Yamaha and the RNLI. The charity has been using Yamaha outboards on various rescue craft for over 15 years.
David Pougher, Divisional Manager of Yamaha UK Marine Division said: ‘It’s great to be able to give something back to the RNLI while at the same time offering a benefit to our customers with this free membership package. As boaters we all rely on the fact that the RNLI will come to our aid if required when at sea, even in treacherous weather conditions, and this partnership will help support the RNLI and its fundraising activities.
Yorkshire Building Society
Charity of the Year
The Yorkshire Building Society Group (YBS) has chosen to extend its partnership with the RNLI as its Charity of the Year!
Throughout this year, all Chelsea, Yorkshire, Barnsley, and Norwich and Peterborough Building Society branches will be holding fundraising activities and selling RNLI items in store. Not only will they be raising essential lifesaving funds, but also distributing our coastal safety advice to thousands of people.
An award-winning lifesaving partnership
In 2012 Yorkshire Building Society and Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation raised an astounding £200,000 for the RNLI through this campaign.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all employees and members, great customer support, and a significant contribution from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, the building society doubled its £100,000 target and set its own national fundraising record.
In recognition of this amazing achievement, we have awarded Yorkshire Building Society the RNLI Corporate Supporter Award 2012, which will be officially presented to the building society at our annual awards ceremony in May.
YBS Chief Executive, Chris Pilling, said:
'The service the RNLI provides at sea and inland is truly invaluable so I am proud that we are able to show our support once again for this charity.
'I hope all our customers and members of the public who supported our fundraising campaign last year will help us push on to make a really fantastic donation to the RNLI at the end of 2013.'
Support the RNLI at your local branch
Yorkshire Building Society, which includes the Chelsea, Barnsley, and Norwich and Peterborough (N&P) building societies, is the UK’s second largest building society.
Involvement with and support of local communities throughout the UK is just as important as providing good quality savings, mortgage products and excellent customer service.
Together let's make 2013 just as successful as last year. Please support the RNLI through your local branch. Thank you.