Your legacy will be much more than a gift in your Will

Posted on: 30 September 2020 by 50connect Promotions

When you leave a gift to the RNLI in your Will, you’re doing something very special.

RNLI/Karl Davies, Kirstan Gorvin, Crew Member at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station

I first volunteered with the lifeboats 19 years ago. And I didn’t know back then that I already owed my life to the kindness of a supporter – whose legacy rescued my great-great-grandfather, Captain James Carbines, in 1906.

After he had taken care of his loved ones, a man called James Stevens left a gift to the RNLI in 1894. It was enough to build 20 new lifeboats that could launch wherever the need was greatest around the coast of the UK and Ireland.

Over the years, these lifeboats – all named James Stevens – have saved over 1,000 lives, reuniting countless families with the person they love. Including Captain Carbines in St Ives, Cornwall. I often wonder what Captain Carbines would think today, knowing that – 126 years later – his great-great-grandson is now part of a neighbouring lifeboat crew at Sennen Cove.

I am proud to be launching to rescue more people like him, in trouble at sea, and bringing hundreds of frightened people back to the ones they love. What an amazing legacy.

Although James Stevens’s early legacy funded a large number of lifeboats, any gift left to the RNLI in a Will – big or small – can make a remarkable difference. Your support can help provide the kit, the lifeboats, the training and the equipment to keep saving lives for decades to come.

Kirstan Gorvin, Crew Member at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station

Will you support the next generation of lifesavers? 

Find out how to write or update your Will, or request our free Gifts in Wills guide here.

Or contact our friendly Gifts in Wills Team on 0300 300 0214 (UK) or +44 1202 663234 (outsi

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