RNLI appeals for support this Christmas as charity feels the impact of coronavirus
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is launching its Christmas appeal after losing millions in income as fundraising activities had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
The lifesaving charity had to spend £1.2M this year to ensure its volunteer lifeboat crews and
beach lifeguards had the vital PPE, such as face masks and gloves, to keep their lifesavers safe. This was money the charity hadn’t planned to spend, at a time when RNLI shops were
forced to close and fundraising events were cancelled.
The Cromer Lifeboat station had to cancel their popular lifeboat days and open boathouse
day this year due to coronavirus restrictions, along with the other events our volunteers and
Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild organise.
In addition, our volunteer-run RNLI shop at the end of the pier and also at the Henry Blogg
Museum has been closed for the majority of the year.
John Redmond, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We were devastated to have to cancel our fundraising events, especially as it’s such a good opportunity to meet our local supporters. We’ve had a very challenging summer, rescuing those in difficulties in the midst of a pandemic and with foreign holidays being cancelled; we’ve received more visitors to our local beaches. Throughout the pandemic, the crew at RNLI Cromer have been ready to answer the pager and rescue those in difficulty.’
Additional PPE and adapting to coronavirus restrictions has been challenging for the volunteer crew members and lifeguards in Cromer. For 2020, the RNLI have purchased 6.7
million units of coronavirus PPE including almost 700,000 face masks, 2.4 million gloves and
just under 5,000 litres of hand sanitiser.
RNLI lifesavers continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep people safe as
lockdown restrictions eased and people flocked to the coast. Over the summer, there was a
64% increase in the number of recreational water users aided by RNLI lifeboats over the summer.Many of the charity’s lifeguards reported seeing an increase in the number of visitors to beaches around the coast too.
As a charity, the RNLI relies on the support of the public to continue saving lives – and that
support is needed now more than ever. Help us brave a wave we never expected. To make
a donation to the RNLI’s Christmas Appeal visit: RNLI.org/Xmas