Lifesavers RNLI raise funds

Volunteers for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will be collecting across London for their biggest annual day of fundraising in the capital - London Lifeboat Day - tomorrow. RNLI teams on the Thames rescued a total of 270 people last year.

Working to keep our waters safe

As London Lifeboat Week launched yesterday, the Tower lifeboat was scrambled to reports of a man stuck on an abandoned jetty.

Today volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will take to the streets in their yellow jackets and oilskins to collect donations for the charity.

Volunteers on the streets for National Lifeboat Week

Lifeboat volunteers will be collecting donations for the charity.
Lifeboat volunteers will be collecting donations for the charity. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will take to the streets today.

Wearing their yellow jackets and oilskins the volunteers will collect public donations for the charity as part of National Lifeboat Week.

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Two London RNLI stations are the busiest in the UK

Tower RNLI station is the busiest on the entire network

London Lifeboat Day is the biggest fundraising day of the year for the four London RNLI branches. It also raises much needed awareness of the charity's four lifeboat stations - two of which are the busiest across the RNLI's entire network.

Tower RNLI lifeboat station, situated at the heart of the capital on a floating pier in the river below Waterloo Bridge, is the busiest in the whole of the UK. They launched 499 times last year rescuing 105 people.

Chiswick is the next busiest, with 221 call-outs last year and 97 rescues.