Every year around 150 people lose their lives at sea around the UK.

Fighting to help save lives the Royal National Lifeboat Institution relies on the public to help keep our coasts safe.

The RNLI is now busier than ever but last year was faced with a funding shortfall.

In a bid to help boost funds the charity is looking to recruit face-to-face fundraisers to help share vital safety messages and encourage new supporters.

Sunderland RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat
Sunderland RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat

Working within a team at some stunning coastal locations, the roles would suit dynamic, engaging individuals with great interpersonal skills who can share inspiring stories of volunteer crews and lifeguards with those visiting the beach and at public events, while also engaging new audiences and inspiring new regular supporters.

A crucial part of the role will include educating visitors to the coast about key safety messages and a drive to help sign up new supporters to make regular donations to the RNLI.

Evan Chrisp, Newcastle, knows first hand about the importance of the RNLI's safety advice after some safety messaging from the charity helped save his life.

The 18-year-old said: "A couple of years ago I was caught in a rip current at Beadnell Bay in Northumberland. I remembered the RNLI Float to Live advice. I stayed calm and floated with the help of a surfer until a lifeboat crew rescued me."

Evan Chrisp, 17, is supporting the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign after the advice saved his own life when he was swept into the North Sea
Evan Chrisp speaks about how the RNLI saved his life

Since being rescued Evan has become an RNLI ambassador and has this year also joined the fundraising team.

He added: "Knowing that a simple but effective safety message saved my life, I’m now inspired to share this with others in the hope it may just save someone’s family member or loved one. To know I can help save lives and to encourage people to sign up to support the

"The charity gives me a great deal of satisfaction and working with a team of like-minded people at various outdoor locations is a great way of making new friends whilst having fun at the same time."

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For the first time this year, the charity is recruiting face-to-face fundraisers to cover the main season, which runs from April – October, as well as the usual peak season running through July and August.

Training will be given in all aspects required for the role.

The RNLI is currently recruiting for these roles in nine regions around the UK and Ireland.

More information about the available roles is available at RNLI.org/FundraiserJobs