Free pack on organising your own fundraising event

The RNLI are encouraging people to help their national fundraising day on 25 January.

The day, called SOS Day, gives supporters of the charity a chance to raise funds in a variety of different ways.

As they count down towards SOS Day, the RNLI released preliminary figures for 2007’s summer.

Underlining the devastating impact of the inland flooding across parts of the UK over the summer, they report that more than 200 people were rescued by volunteer RNLI crews.

Additionally, around the coasts of the UK and Republic of Ireland, RNLI lifeboats launched more than 3,500 times throughout June, July and August, and RNLI lifeguards helped nearly 8,500 people on beaches during the same period.

Now the charity is calling on members of the public to respond to its own ‘SOS call’ by getting involved with RNLI SOS day.

Anne Maton, Fundraising Manager at the RNLI, said: “RNLI SOS day is our national fundraising day; it is a fun day with a serious purpose and it is critical to get everyone’s support no matter how young or old. At sea, around the coast, on the beach or 50 miles inland, the RNLI provides a vital service for everyone. We rely absolutely on donations and fundraising to provide our 24-hour lifesaving service.”

RNLI SOS day encourages people to raise money in any way they can, whether it is organising a quiz night or holding a dress down day at school or work, and by doing so, donating a minimum of £1 each to the RNLI, or ?2 in the Republic of Ireland.

The charity provides free SOS day packs full of fundraising ideas to help participants organise their own events.

Free RNLI SOS day fundraising packs are available by logging onto www.rnli.org.uk/sos 
Tel: 0845 121 4999
If calling from the Republic of Ireland, call: 1800 789 589 or log on to www.rnli.ie/sos