Frequently asked questions

We know you probably have lots of questions about this year’s Fish Supper weekend. You’ll find the most commonly asked questions here along with answers from the Fish Supper Team. If you’d like to submit a question, get in touch with

  • Do I have to invite lots of people to host a supper?

    Don’t worry – we’re not asking you to host a huge supper for lots of people. The idea is to host and raise funds to support our lifesaving work. Your supper can be as small or as large as you like. Just be realistic about what you can manage and your evening will be fun and stress-free.

  • Do I have to buy a fundraising pack?

    We’ll send you a free fundraising pack when you sign up. This will tell you everything you need to know about Fish Supper. It also has free recipes and hosting tips to inspire you, as well as place cards for your dinner table. We recommend signing up as early as possible to make sure you get your pack in time.

  • I’m busy from 14–16 October – can I still host a supper?

    We appreciate some people will be busy during that weekend, so you can host your supper on a date that suits your schedule. This can be before or after the main campaign weekend, but you’ll need to make sure your fundraising total reaches us by 26 November 2016.

  • How every donation will help?

    Every penny you raise will help save lives at sea. You’ll fund our lifesaving and prevention work, and you’ll keep our crews ready for emergencies. You’ll also be helping:

    • maintain our round-the-clock rescue service
    • provide water safety advice and education programmes locally and nationally
    • patrol 19,000 miles of coastline (that’s almost 3.5 times longer than the Great Wall of China).
  • How do I ask for donations?

    When you invite your guests, explain that you’re hosting to support our lifesaving work and propose a modest donation. You could ask everyone to chip in £10/€10. On the evening, you will have a collection envelope that will be sent to you in your fundraising kit. Simply pass it round over nibbles. Everyone knows they’re there to help raise money for the RNLI, so you won’t feel awkward.

  • Can I get extra place cards for my guests?

    You’ll receive four place cards in your fundraising kit but if you need more, you can download and print more.

  • What do I do with my donations after the supper?

    There are three different ways to pay in your fundraising total.

    Online: Click Pay in and follow the step-by-step instructions. You will need a debit card.

    By phone: Call 0300 300 9908 (UK) or 01 895 1800 (Republic of Ireland), and have your debit card handy. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday.

    By Post: Please do not send cash in the post – send a cheque for your total donation amount made payable to ‘The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’. Please post cheques using the freepost envelope provided or address to: RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ.

  • What’s the deadline to pay in my fundraising money?

    You’ll need to pay the full amount by 26 November 2016.

What if the answer to my question is not here?

Please contact us via email: Or call: 0300 300 9908 (UK) or 01 895 1800 (Republic of Ireland)