The Halifax RNLI branch was founded in 1963, in order to raise funds for the volunteer lifeboat men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, it comprises of Chairman. Treasurer. Secretary. Souvenir Secretary. Box Secretary. and 4 members.
Honorary president is the mayor of Calderdale (in office)
The branch comes under the umbrella of the RNLI's north regional office, and is overseen by the area fund raising manager hannah Garnet
Our group of volunteers, give up a few hours of their spare time each month to arrange events and collections and come up with new fund raising ideas.
We meet once a month on a Friday evening at Skircoat Green, Halifax. (meetings usually last 1 - 2 hours), the branch usualy has its agm around July/August. any of our suporters are welcome to come along and join in, you don't have to become a member of the commitee all though we are always looking for new members.
Some of the things we arrange are suprmarket and street collections, ie flag day, race and quiz nights, we are also hoping to arrange a familly day later on this year, keep checking the events diary page for more details.
Its not all work and no play as the committee are due to have a social dinner soon, and are arranging a days outing involving a tour of one of the regions life boat stations, then time to relax by the coast.
If you require more details on any of our events, or if you would like to help us with collections, or are interested in joining our fund raising committeee, then please fill in the enquiry form on the contact us page,
But more importaintly we hope you will come along to our events and support us.
People often ask us why we collect in towns away from the coast, the reason is that firstly the majority of people go to to the coast wether its for the day or short break, and will have come accross the RNLI, and RNLI lifeguards helping keep you safe in the beach area, and last year a large number of rescues were for swimmers, divers and people falling in the water (mainly from towns inland) Also the RNLI are doing rescues more and more inland and have a dedicated team trained up to rescue in case of severe floods ( recently in workington and Cockermouth) and are on standby not only for the UK but worldwide.
Where your money goes
every £1 donated to the RNLI goes on the following :-
48p is spent directly on rescues
34p is spent on operational maintenance.
15p is spent on generating voluntary income
3p is spent on prevention
Please see below for the costs of kitting out our volunteer crew
This is how our fundraising is going,our target is £50,000
Please help the thermometer to rise by supporting our events or making a donation
If you wish to make a donation you can now do so here.
It costs £ 2000 every time an inshore craft is launched.
It costs £ 5000 every time an offshore craft is launched
It costs £193M per year to run the RNLI
AMOUNT IT COSTS FOR INSHORE CREW KIT
Gloves £ 16
Boots £ 40
Drysuit £ 319
Thermal suit £ 82
safety helmet £ 180
life jacket £ 222
Total cost £ 859
AMOUNT IT COSTS FOR BEACH LIFEGUARD KIT
Rescue tube £ 74
Binoculars £ 75
2x patrol shorts £ 16
First aid trama bag £ 20
Patrol track suit £ 27
Rash vest £ 15
personal kit bag £ 8
3x patrol shirt £ 24
2x swim wear £ 28
Patrol cap £ 2
Whistle £ 1
LIFEGUARDS ALSO NEED THE FOLLOWING
Patrol vehicle £21,000
Inshore rescue boat £9,000
Rescue board £ 778
All terrain vehicle £5,000
Rescue water craft £6,000
This video shows the new crew members going through training
Key facts about the RNLI The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 138,000 lives.
A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland.