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
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%
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
* President - Mrs Eveleigh Brownlow
* Chairman - Mrs Pat Browne
* Honorary Treasurer & Vice
Chairman - Mr Mike Miall
* Honorary Secretary - Mrs Kate
* Souvenir Secretary - Mrs Joan
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;