RNLI reveals plan for national memorial to celebrate its maritime heroes

RNLI reveals plan for national memorial to celebrate its maritime heroes The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is planning its first official national memorial that will pay tribute to the many RNLI lifesavers and fundraisers who have served the charity over the last 180-plus years – especially the 438 crew members who have died while saving lives at sea. The national tribute, a memorial sculpture within a garden, will be located at the RNLI’s Poole headquarters, opposite The Lifeboat College, ‘home of the RNLI’, where hundreds of future generations of lifesavers and fundraisers will train, and be further inspired by the memorial. The memorial and garden will be open to the public and is intended to be accessible at all times. The area will provide a peaceful, contemplative space for reflection. RNLI volunteers and staff, plus members of the public will be able to sit quietly and be inspired by the extraordinary self-sacrifice of many of the people involved with the charity since its foundation in 1824. The RNLI is advertising nationally to invite submissions for an inspirational design. Once the winning one has been chosen and funding secured, it is intended that the sculpture and garden will be created in 2009. Please visit for more information.
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