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This year we're supporting two charities:
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service up to 100 nautical miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland as well as a seasonal beach lifeguard service on appropriate beaches in the south west of England.
The RNLI continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income. It is independent from Government and does not receive Government funding.
Throughout history, people using the sea have had to face natural dangers and hazards. From 1824, with lifeboats using oars and sails, to the twenty-first century, with lifeboats using computer technology, those in difficulty in the sea around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland have been able to call on the help of the volunteer lifeboat crews of the RNLI.
There are 233 RNLI lifeboat stations strategically placed around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Of these, four are on the River Thames in London, and three are inland water stations.
In 2004, the RNLI:
In 2004, the RNLI's Lifeguard Services:
For further information, please visit the RNLI's website.
KidsOut is the national charity providing fun and happiness for disadvantaged and special needs children throughout the UK.
Many of the children they help have physical, health, social, or learning difficulties, while others face less obvious challenges - such as coming from turbulent or financially deprived backgrounds. Whatever their circumstances, the children KidsOut supports need fun and happiness in their lives.
KidsOut currently puts smiles on the faces of over 40,000 children and young people every year.
They do this by funding fun days out and special activities. This includes the annual Rotary KidsOut Day Out, in which more than 27,000 children are taken out for a day of fun and laughter at over 100 venues all over the UK.
They also work with individuals, special groups and other charitable organisations to deliver a range of activities that are designed to socially engage and develop confidence for those children and young people who may not otherwise get the opportunity to enjoy such rewarding - and often life changing - experiences.
And through their successful ĎFunds for Funí scheme, they are able to spread even more happiness through giving small grants to individuals, families, schools and groups for the purchase of special play equipment, toys, holidays, and outings.
Each year in the UK:
For further information, please visit the KidsOut website.
Class Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat
There are 233 RNLI lifeboat stations strategically placed around the UK and the Republic of Ireland
of the new Tamar Class Lifeboats.