Shortfall due to economic climate and drop in money left in supporters’ wills, charity says.
Mark Dowie: ‘We’re busier than we ever were.’ Photograph: RNLI
The chief executive of the RNLI has said that the lifeboat charity is facing the “perfect storm” of a shortfall in funds at a time when its services are more in demand than ever.
Lifeboat crews and lifeguards are being called out more often to save lives but the charity is suffering from a shortfall, largely created by the economic climate and a drop in money left to the charity in supporters’ wills.
Mark Dowie said he hoped to make the organisation more efficient. He said: “We’re busier than we ever were. The service is spectacularly good. The whole population can be very proud of it but we do have a fundraising challenge.”
There are 238 RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland and its lifeguards patrol more than 250 beaches in the summer.
Dowie, a former naval officer who went on to work in the banking industry, said: “When we see legacy income dropping and the need for the service increasing it is a confluence of factors that you could characterise as the perfect storm. It certainly concentrates the mind.”