Originally Posted by Dirk Diggler
All very swish, but couldn't savings have been made somewhere?
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt!
I got this far and had to say something, first of all Dirk you should look at your sig line, because you have removed ALL doubt.
As to your pics of the Lifeboat College being very swish and couldn't savings have been made somewhere else. By building their own facility the RNLI have saved over £1million so far as it is no longer having to pay (and be ripped off by) external suppliers for training or accomodation. By using their own facility they are saving a vast amount of the charities money.
now to the other points (this will take a while)
The reason the RNLI has survived so many years on funds raised is because of the way the money has been handled by investing. In 1924 a member of my family left a legacy of £5000, to this day that money is still being used by the RNLI due to the way it was invested, its a smart way to handle funds. How far do you think £5000 would go if you just bought a few sets of kit. Sure its a gamble and sometimes you get burned just like any other major organisation, but think about it they are still here and still have funds.
As to stopping giving money to the RNLI how stupid can you be? As we all know there is talk about the reserves only being able to keep the charity going for about 2 years so if you stop giving we have no service. Unlike most of you think, the main income is from legacy's not from charity boxes, these legacy's are from people long gone, and you people think that buy dropping your change from a cup of tea makes you moraly allowed to rant on here.
My main point, the only rescue service around my area for miles and miles and miles is the RNLI, why on earth would I or any other person want to redirect funds away from an organisation that covers the whole of the UK & Ireland with 233 lifeboat stations. Why do you need an independant at Cowes when you have lifeboats at Lymington, Calshot, Yarmouth, Bembridge, and Portmouth? Or are the rumours I heard about them being setup by people who didnt make it onto an RNLI crew true?
Oh and before you all start saying what does he know being in Scotland, I lived in Southampton & IOW for over 20 years before moving here 4 years ago. My boat was based on the Hamble and I used to Skip a Dive boat around the solent.
My money goes to the RNLI and always will, what good is Hamble rescue services to me in the North Sea? Anyway have these independants not heard of the lottery fund, I know the RNLI doesn't get any money from that but I bet the independants qualify!
I better stop now before I really offend someone.
Where the RNLI lead, others follow!