2am. The shout goes out. Butchers, hairdressers, accountants rush out into the freezing wind and darkness to save someone they’ve never met.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things
Our crew members and lifeguards are ordinary people, just like you. A gift in your Will can buy the training, kit and lifesaving equipment to keep these volunteers safe as they face wild seas to rescue people in an emergency.
'I’ll be on tenterhooks until I hear that the crew are back safely,' says Peter Hickey, whose son Lorcan volunteers on the lifeboat at Kinsale, Co Cork. 'I’ve taken comfort from talking to the guys at the lifeboat station. I’ve learned how things work and how serious the RNLI is about training, safety and equipment. I have to accept that Lorcan is doing it as safely as possible.'
Who gives gifts in Wills?
Just as RNLI lifeboat crews are made up of ordinary people, so too are the people who put gifts in their Wills to charity. You don’t have to be rich. Whatever you can afford, you can make a difference.
RNLI supporter, Peter Harrison, explains why he decided to leave a gift to the charity in his Will.