RNLI issues SOS call to Londoners
By Teddington People | Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 11:10
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) this week called for volunteers in Twickenham, Teddington and Strawberry Hill, to come to the rescue and help raise funds during London Lifeboat Week this Spring.
The week of activities will take place between 28 April and 4 May. The busiest day is predicted to be Tuesday 29 April and hundreds of helpers will be needed to rattle buckets at stations in and around London.
Last year, RNLI crews rescued 372 people and saved 25 lives. However, a recent survey found only one in six Londoners know the charity’s lifeboats operate on the River Thames. In fact there are 3 lifeboat stations along the Thames in London at Teddington, Chiswick and Waterloo.
Alex Drury, RNLI Community Support Co-ordinator, said: ‘The RNLI is more accustomed to responding to calls for help than issuing them, but we really need the support of Londoners to make London Lifeboat Week a success.
‘Our big collection day is Tuesday 29 April when we’ll be collecting across London, including at train stations from 7am through to 7pm. Any amount of time people can spare, particularly during morning and evening rush hours would make a real difference.
‘We’re a charity that relies on donations and the dedication of our volunteers to continue our lifesaving work, so please do give us any support you can.’
Londoners are also being asked to download a fundraising pack full of ideas to help raise cash throughout London Lifeboat Week.
If you're interested in becoming a collector on Tuesday 29 April you can download and fill out a registration form or search online for ‘London Lifeboat Week 2014’.