Fred. Olsen & the RNLI
At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are immensely proud to be the longest-running supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), a fantastic organisation that has guarded the seas around the British Isles and saved thousands of lives since its inception in the 1820s.
Having supported the RNLI since the 1960s, we have, with the help our generous guests, raised over £1 million to help provide equipment used at many RNLI stations around the UK, pay for three seminar rooms at The Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset, fund three DODO (drive-on, drive-off) lifeboat launching trolleys and much more.
Fred. Olsen’s guests’ donations have also helped to pay for vital training for the charity’s brave volunteers who risk their lives to save, on average, 22 people a day, as well as four RNLI lifeboats including the Spirit of Fred. Olsen, which was launched in the picturesque Scottish Highland village of Kyle of Lochalsh in April 2012.
To celebrate the long-standing relationship between the two organisations, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and the RNLI have worked together once again to create a special promotional video highlighting the work that the RNLI volunteers do, as well as the important role that Fred. Olsen guests play in helping to save lives at sea.
The video showcases the charitable fundraising that takes place regularly on board all four of the smaller, friendly cruise ships in our fleet – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – and what the money our guests raise is used for. It also features interviews with RNLI volunteers, a few familiar faces from the Fred. Olsen crew and members of the public who have experienced first-hand the incredible work that the RNLI do.
If you have a few moments spare be sure to watch this inspirational video above and, if you can, do your bit by texting RNLI FRED OLSEN to 70300 to donate £5 to the RNLI.