Marinecall and the RNLI

Smart new initiative to raise money for the lifeboats via forecast downloads

Tuesday January 10th 2006, Author: Brian Pilcher, Location: United Kingdom
In the quest to promote safety at sea,Marinecall and the Met Office, the country’s leading providers of telephony-based weather information, announced the launch of a new facility dedicated to members and supporters of the RNLI. Using unique telephone and fax numbers dedicated to the RNLI, any sailor or seafarer using the facility will make a contribution to the Institution’s funds, every time they request a forecast. Typically, from the billed cost of each call, 60% will be credited to the RNLI.

Speaking on behalf of the RNLI, Philippa Thompson, said: “Safety at sea is a priority for both the RNLI and Marinecall. By launching this joint initiative we are confident that, not only will the seafarer’s favourite charity benefit, but those putting to sea will be able to do so knowing that they are in possession of the most recent weather information accurately interpreted by the world’s leading weather forecasting service, the Met Office.”

Hayley Turnbull, Marinecall Brand Manager, was joined by Paul Mills from the Met Office, who discussed new services coming on stream early in 2006 including greater use of easily assimilated graphics and making full use of the very latest technology both in terms of data gathering and distribution - both of significant benefit to the leisure and professional sailor.

Every day Marinecall customers have access to 260+ individual forecasts for coastal locations, inshore waters, offshore and European areas.

To receive details of the RNLI’s unique telephone numbers, phone 0871 200 3985 or pick up a copy of RNLI’s Lifeboat Magazine.

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