Anne Main calls for Government support for RNLI

9th January 2019

Anne Main highlights the vital work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution whose volunteers put their lives at risk and calls on the Government to look at the funding of the RNLI and put some money towards it.

Volunteering services are enormously important, and none more so than the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who put their lives at risk and often rescue people who make perilous crossings to try to get into this country. Is it not time that we looked at the RNLI’s funding? Many people think it is funded by the Government, and it is time we gave some money towards it.

My hon. Friend is absolutely right about the vital role that the RNLI plays. As she says, many people do not realise that it is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. I pay tribute to all those across the country who raise funds for the RNLI, including, if she will allow me, the Sonning branch in my constituency.

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