Foresters Friendly Society donates nearly £70,000 to RNLI

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Foresters branches throughout the UK raised money for the RNLI's 'Train One Save Many' campaign

Foresters Friendly Society, the Southampton-based member-owned society which offers a range of financial products, has donated nearly £70,000 to Poole-based charity the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Members of the Society raised £48,927 through a series of fundraising events throughout the UK and a further £20,878 has been donated from the Society's Lifeboat fund.

Foresters branches throughout the UK raised money for the RNLI's 'Train One Save Many' campaign as part of the Foresters Friendly Society President's Appeal which has taken place over the past nine months.

Support for this training is absolutely essential, as only one in 10 RNLI volunteers come from a maritime background and the average cost of training each individual is over £1,200 per year. The money raised by Foresters Friendly Society could  train 58 volunteers for the RNLI  for a year.

Neil Armitage, Marketing Director, Foresters Friendly Society, said: "RNLI volunteers do invaluable work risking their lives saving others at sea. This money should ensure that they get the best possible training and support to ensure they stay safe while delivering this priceless emergency service. Our members, who are ordinary hardworking people, have raised a phenomenal amount of money for such a short space of time."

The Foresters Friendly Society President's Appeal for the next twelve months will be the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.