Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Nominated Charity Partner

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fundraising to support RNLI Train One, Save Many Campaign

Foresters Friendly Society has announced the selection of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as its nominated charity partner for the next 9 months.

The year ahead will now see the Society's 70,000 strong membership, spread across a network of 250 branches, engage in a range of activities to raise funds for the RNLI's 'Train One, Save Many' appeal, which supports the training of volunteer lifeboat crews.

Support for this training is absolutely essential, as only 1 in 10 RNLI volunteers come from a maritime background and the average cost of training each individual is over £1,200 per year.

The independent charity is based in Poole, Dorset and saves lives at sea via the provision of lifeboat and lifeguard services around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

The RNLI was nominated by Foresters Friendly Society member Michael Grealy following his election as the Society's President, which sees him take the title of High Chief Ranger of Foresters Friendly Society.

Major events scheduled by the Society for the coming year include a grand charity dinner, to be held in Leeds on 26th February 2011. Charities selected by past Society Presidents have included the Motor Neurone Disease Association and CLIC Sargent, a children's cancer charity.

Michael Grealy, High Chief Ranger, Foresters Friendly Society, said: "RNLI volunteers are dedicated to saving lives at sea. They deserve the best possible training and support to ensure they stay safe while delivering this priceless emergency service.

"As a lover of coastal environments, I'm personally passionate about this good cause. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to nominate the RNLI as the Society's selected charity during my time as High Chief Ranger.

Patrick Crowe, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager, the RNLI, said: 'The RNLI is delighted to be chosen for the High Chief Ranger's Appeal 2010 /2011. Our volunteers ensure there is a lifeboat service keeping coasts and communities of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland safe every day of the year, whatever the weather. To do this we rely on donations from organisations like Foresters Friendly Society. We hope that they seize this opportunity to get behind the appeal to raise vital funds for RNLI lifeboat crews and wish them every success over the coming months'.

Neil Armitage, Marketing Director, Foresters Friendly Society, said:  "Supporting charitable causes and getting involved in community activities is an essential part of our Society's work. Our members are everyday, hard-working people, who relish the opportunity to lend their backing to those such as the RNLI volunteers who risk their lives to help others."

Foresters Friendly Society have a long history of supporting the RNLI which dates back to 1862, which underscores our commitment to the Society's social responsibility. Our values as a mutual organisation, which drive us to focus upon groups which can benefit genuinely from financial support, provide us with a platform upon which we can give something back to the wider community."