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200 years of the RNLI


In 2024 the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) celebrates its 200th anniversary. Established on 4th March 1824 by Sir William Hillary in the famed City of London Tavern in Bishopsgate the RNLI is a voluntary organisation that operates a 24hour search and rescue service from 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. Relying solely on charitable donations the bravery and determination of its volunteer crews is inspiring and to date the RNLI have saved over 144,000 lives.
Williamson Tea has been proud to support the RNLI through our Lifeboat Tea.

Started by a sailor and his crew rescued during the tragic Fastnet race in 1979 where all crew members were rescued from their sinking boat by the RNLI.  Lifeboat Tea was set up to mark their gratitude and raise money for the life savers.

As a brisk and reviving cup Lifeboat Tea has been raising money for the RNLI for over 40 years. With 7p donated from the sale of each box of Lifeboat tea it’s nice to know when you’re drinking a lovely cup of tea that every sip is helping to save lives at sea.