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The Story of Lifeboat Tea

3 August 2017

Every year the RNLI saves thousands of lives.

Every month the volunteer RNLI crew launch their lifeboats over 600 times.

Every day you can help save lives at sea by making a brew.

Every cup of Lifeboat Tea raises funds to help train and equip the brave crew.


Lifeboat Tea was created in 1979, after the RNLI saved the life of it’s founder.


The Fastnet Race is a race between Cowes in the Isle of Wight to Plymouth via the Isles of Scilly that takes place every other year since 1957. In 1979, John Lushington, a tea merchant and avid sailor was taking part. A freak storm ripped through the Solent on the third day of the race, the boats were assaulted with high seas and roaring winds, that wreaked havoc with over 306 of the yachts taking place. It became the largest peace – time rescue operation with over 4,000 people involved including the RNLI, entire Irish Naval Service fleet, commercial boats, helicopters and civilians taking place in the rescue mission. John was saved by the RNLI who lifted him to safety from his sinking yacht. This inspired the creation of Lifeboat Tea, with every cup donating to the brave men and women who save lives at sea.


Have a brew for the crew with Lifeboat Tea today.

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