RNLI donations increase after migrant rescue criticism

RNLI receives over £200,000 in donations in 24 hours after migrant rescue criticism

7/29/2021 7:28:00 PM

RNLI receives over £200,000 in donations in 24 hours after migrant rescue criticism

The lifeboat charity says it has been 'overwhelmed' by support after it released footage of Channel rescues.

Chief executive Mark Dowie said he recognised the migrant crisis was a "polarising issue", but lifeboat crews carry out "humanitarian work of the highest order".He said: "All decent people will see this as humanitarian work of the highest order" and "crews should not have to put up with some of the abuse they received."

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In a statement on Thursday, the RNLI said the surge in donations in the last 24 hours was "simply incredible". It said it had benefited from a combination of one off donations, new regular support and supporters increasing their regular donation amount.

"This was never a fundraising campaign - we simply wanted to tell the story of our crews and make it clear that our charity exists to save lives at sea."Our mission is to save everyone. Our supporters' kindness means so much to us, without them we could not save lives at sea, every one is a lifesaver." headtopics.com

But it said it also recognised that "people have strong opinions on the subject" and that a "small number" of supporters had been in contact to withdraw their support.Earlier, in an interview on LBC, Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, praised the charity's work, saying they "do an incredible job, they have got this great heart and soul to them".

He added: "I think they operate within the legal rules and that is part of this country."We are a big-hearted country."At the same time, if we are talking about the wider small boats issue, that is something where, absolutely at the same time, we need to come down as hard as is humanly possible, working with our French partners."

Mr Raab said it was not "inconsistent" to have a "robust approach" to "criminal gangs trying to launch from France to the UK" and at the same time, ministers valuing the "heart and soul" of the RNLI.The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, tweeted that he had made a donation and wanted to thank the charity "for all that you do".

Downing Street said the organisation does "vital work to protect people's lives at sea".The prime minister's spokesman said the government was committed to tackling the issue of small boats crossing the channel."This rise is dangerous and unnecessary which is why we're working to tackle the issue and the gangs behind it," the spokesman said. headtopics.com

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A lot of “all lives matter” people in the replies. Are these ones exempt? Just about pay the wages of the ceo. Not from me. Half of that is in the name of old crafty wank darrengrimes_ and Hitler wanna be Nigel_Farage I would also donated millions if i had money😅

Donations to RNLI jump by more than 28 times after CEO defends rescuing English Channel migrantsThe RNLI raised around £200,000 in 24 hours this week, more than 28 times the usual daily total of around £7,000. It comes after chief executive Mark Dowie praised the charity for rescuing people from small boats in the English Channel. Love this, up yours Farage!! afneil Are you fucking joking? If youre someone who thinks people should be left to drown because they're trying to get to the UK to claim asylum; You need to ask yourself what kind of a human being you are.

Donations to RNLI jump by more than 28 times after CEO defends rescuing English Channel migrantsThe RNLI raised around £200,000 in 24 hours this week, more than 28 times the usual daily total of around £7,000. It comes after chief executive Mark Dowie praised the charity for rescuing people from small boats in the English Channel. Love this, up yours Farage!! afneil Are you fucking joking? If youre someone who thinks people should be left to drown because they're trying to get to the UK to claim asylum; You need to ask yourself what kind of a human being you are.

Lifeboat crew suffers horrific abuse for rescuing drowning migrants'Just remember that the people crossing The Channel are children, women, men, young and old, just like you. Our crews should not have to put up with some of the abuse they have received.' No there young men coming for money to send home. The majority are young fighting men. What I think is crazy, the UK government paid additional millions of £'s 2 prevent them risking their lives by crossing Channel, but French destroyers r escorting them to UK! I do feel sorry 4 genuine immigrants. Refuse to pick them up then. It’s the frenchs problem

The Guardian view on Channel migrants: people, not political props | EditorialThe RNLI has moral justice on its side when reasserting its humanitarian mission to provide sea rescue without discrimination They're being trafficked by people smugglers. You're supporting organised crime.

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Couple accused of lying about son's health to get $31,000 in donationsKristy and Erik Schneider are being sued, and Kristy faces a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, for lying that their adopted son Louie was terminally ill. They should be arrested Be prosecuted🤨