Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild
RNLI Lifeboat House, The Strand, Portaferry, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild

The life saving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is funded entirely through voluntary donations, subscriptions and legacies.

Fundraising in many RNLI lifeboat stations is organised by a local RNLI Lifeboat Guild or a RNLI Fundraising Committee. In addition, there are many RNLI fundraising guilds and committees located in towns and villages throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

'Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild' has a vibrant fundraising team of men and women that raised £119,828 in 2010 towards the cost of the Station's new boathouse, built to house our new 'Blue Peter V' lifeboat and to provide extra training and other facilities for our volunteer lifeboat crew members.

If you, your club or your organisation would like to make a donation to the RNLI through 'Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild' or require some help to organise an event in aid of the RNLI, please contact us at;



Photo: RNLI - Jim Brown

Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild raising money at a balloon race and barbecue


What it takes and costs to save lives


In 2017 the RNLI had 238 lifeboat stations throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which were operated by 4,966 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 1,217 volunteer shore crew.

There are 10 RNLI lifeboat stations located in Northern Ireland.  These are located at Portrush, Cushendall, Larne, Bangor, Donaghadee, Portaferry, Newcastle, Kilkeel, Carrybridge (Lough Erne) and Eniskillen (Lough Erne).

During 2017, RNLI lifeboats were launched in UK & Irish waters a total of 8,436 times and aided 8,072 people. These launches included those from the 46 stations around Ireland (including 10 in Northern Ireland) which were launched 1,088 times and aided 1,472 people.  

In addition, over 1,500 RNLI Lifeguards patrolled 249 beaches along the coastline of the UK & Northern Ireland, attending 15,558 incidents and aiding 24,044 people. There are 10 life-guarded beaches operating during the summer months along the coastline of Northern Ireland.

On average, 95% of lifeboat crews are volunteers.  All the crew of Portaferry Lifeboat Station are volunteers.  Due to the complexity of all-weather lifeboats, such stations require a full-time mechanic to maintain the lifeboat and the crew equipment to the highest of safety standards.

The running cost of the RNLI in 2017 was 176.5 million with an additional amount of £39.3 million being spent to provide new lifeboats, lifeboat stations and other capital expenditure. Fundamental support costs for paid employees and other relevant services were 14.6% of income.

The RNLI raised £196.6in 2017.  The registered charity continues to rely mainly on legacies (69%) and voluntary contributions (25%). Other income (6%) was derived from activities such as the supply of lifeguard services, RNLI Shops, and investments, etc..

More detailed financial information can be found in the 2018 RNLI Annual Report which can be found here.

To help raise funds there are over 23,000 voluntary community fundraisers and many others who give safety advice, help in RNLI museums, offices, shops and visitor centres.

Fund raising activities of Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild have included; coffee mornings, golfing events, treasure hunts, duck derby's, balloon races, fashion shows, lifeboat dances/balls and sailing and rowing races.


Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild officers for 2018/2019 are:

* President - Mrs Eveleigh Brownlow

* Chairman - Mrs Pat Browne

* Honorary Treasurer & Vice Chairman - Mr Mike Miall

* Honorary Secretary - Mrs Kate Rebbeck

* Souvenir Secretary - Mrs Joan Peacock

If you would like to consider joining our friendly team of fundraisers at Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat Station, please contact one of our members (if they are known to you or your friends) or alternatively please e-mail us at;


Last update 03/02/19

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