LIFEBOAT DAY 13th MARCH
RNLI will hold its largest annual collection
on London Lifeboat Day on 13 March, marking
the end of a week of major collections during
London Lifeboat Week.
year's collection will have added meaning as
the RNLI is setting-up three lifeboat stations
on the tidal reaches of the Thames including
one at Chiswick Pier as part of a new search
and rescue service announced by John Prescott,
Deputy Prime Minister in January.
is the first time that the charity has set-up
lifeboat stations to specifically cover a river
rather than estuarial waters.
Lifeboat Day thousands of volunteers will take
to the streets of London, clad in their bright
yellow jackets and oilskins to collect for
Clifton, RNLI Regional Manager for Greater
often ask where their nearest lifeboat station
is. Until this year I have had to explain that
hundreds of Londoners are rescued by RNLI lifeboats
every year when they visit the coast.
year I can say that London will have its own
lifeboat stations by the beginning of next
year. We are delighted that we can repay the
support of Londoners over 177 years by providing
this practical and expert lifesaving service.'