Formed in 1824, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was set up to save lives at sea. It now has 236 lifeboat stations with 444 lifeboats in operation as well as saving over 140,000 lives since its conception. In 2014, the charity estimated their volunteer network to be 31,500.
In recent news, the RNLI has opened a £24 million all weather lifeboat centre in Poole. This will bring together all of the production and maintenance of its fleet of lifeboats under one roof for the first time since it began in 1824. About half of the RNLI’s staff work at the headquarters in Poole.
The RNLI is supported by a variety of celebrities and public figures including Bear Grylls, Daniel Craig and Rupert Grint.