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 costs to save lives


The RNLI has 237 lifeboat stations throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland that are operated by 4,600 volunteer crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew and station management.

During 2015, RNLI Lifeboats from the 10 lifeboat stations situated around the coastline of Northern Ireland and on Lough Erne were launched a total of 269 times and rescued 279 people. RNLI lifeguards on Northern Ireland beaches responded to 182 incidents and helped 218 people.

RNLI lifeboats were launched in UK & Irish waters a total of 8,228 times during 2015 and rescued 9,763 people.

In addition, RNLI Lifeguards on over 200 life-guarded beaches attended 15,714 incidents and rescued 1,790 people. There are now 10 life-guarded beaches during the summer months in Northern Ireland.

On average, 95% of our lifeboat crews are volunteers.  100% of 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 2014 was 149.6 million with an additional amount of £64.7 million being required to provide new lifeboats, lifeboat stations and other capital expenditure.

The registered charity continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income.

To help raise funds there are over 1,500 lifeboat guilds/fundraising committees located throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. All are volunteers.

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 2015/2016 are:

* President - Mrs Eveleigh Brownlow

* Chairman - Mrs Pat Browne

* Honorary Treasurer & Vice Chairman - Mr Mike Miall

* Honorary Secretary - Ms J McVeigh

* 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 30/04/16

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