What is Fish Supper?

RNLI Fish Supper, supported by Lakeland is an annual charity event to raise funds to support our lifesaving work. This year, Fish Supper will be held over the weekend of October 14–16. The event is a fun way to bring friends and family together for a great meal inspired by the sea. The funds raised help support volunteer crews who are ready to drop everything — even their supper — at a moment’s notice and go to the help of people in trouble on the water. When their pagers go off, no matter what time it is, they board their lifeboats and launch to the rescue, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

How Fish Supper works

Taking part is simple: you sign up to host a fish-themed supper in your home, invite your friends and family, and collect donations on the day. We’ll send you a fundraising pack when you sign up that includes recipes, hosting tips, place cards, and an envelope for collections.

As a charity, we’re funded by the generosity of people like you. The money you raise supports all aspects of our lifesaving work and could help us buy kit for our crew members or fuel for one of our lifeboats. Whether you raise a little or a lot by hosting a Fish Supper, you’re helping to save lives.

What you can do for your Fish Supper

Your Fish Supper can be as simple or as elaborate as you like – the important part is that you’re comfortable with what you’re doing. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Once you sign up, we’ll send you your fundraising pack and you can use the recipes and tips to help plan your menu, prepare a theme, create a music playlist, or organise after-dinner entertainment.

Lakeland can help you add some creative flair to your dinner table. Whether you’re hosting a quick and easy lunch or a formal dinner they've got tableware, hosting tips and recipe ideas to inspire you. Your Fish Supper is about having fun with friends and family, and supporting the RNLI’s lifesaving work. You can serve your guests lobster by candlelight or fish finger sandwiches around the kitchen table, dress fancy or try fancy dress. In the end, it’s your Fish Supper and every penny you raise will make a difference.

How to collect donations

There is no reason why asking your guests for donations should feel awkward. When you invite your guests, you can tell them it's a fundraising event, so they'll come because they want to support you and the RNLI.'

Asking your guests for donations before the dinner, while they're enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles, makes it more relaxed. Or you might want to leave the collection envelope in the centre of the table so people can give what they like, when they like.

You can host a Fish Supper on a date that suits your schedule. But you'll need to make sure your fundraising total reaches us by 26 November.

Sign up and save the date in your calendar: 14–16 October.

Find your perfect recipe and handy hosting tips.

Host your supper, then pay in your fundraising money.

About the RNLI

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We are a huge community of thousands of volunteers, fundraisers, crew members and lifeguards - ordinary people doing extraordinary things for almost 200 years. We come from all walks of life to help rescue people when they get into trouble at sea and we do it all with the support of people like you.

Events like Fish Supper raise vital funds for our lifesaving work. In 2015 alone, our lifeboat crews saved 348 lives and rescued 7,973 people, with 8,228 lifeboat launches.

RNLI lifeguards patrol over 220 UK and Channel Island beaches. They’re trained to spot danger and respond in seconds when something goes wrong. They also work tirelessly to give safety advice on the beach and in classrooms as part of our education programmes. In 2015, our lifeguards saved 94 lives, handled 15,714 beach incidents, and helped 18,181 people.

We also have seven well trained and fully equipped Flood Rescue Teams, ready to respond to floods or fast-moving flood water anywhere in the UK or Republic of Ireland within 6 hours.

These crews and lifeguards depend on the support of a huge community of generous volunteers who give up their time to support our lifesaving work. We have over 31,000 volunteers doing everything from water safety education to lifeguarding our beaches, as well as 20,000 community fundraisers collecting the donations to support our lifesaving services.

Ordinary people like you are at the heart of what we do. Join us from 14-16 October and host a fundraising Fish Supper - we can’t do it without you.

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Our Fish Supper partners

We've teamed up with some fantastic household names to help you plan and host the perfect supper.

Lakeland

Lakeland is our official supporter for Fish Supper 2016 and we’re proud to have them onboard for this good cause. Whatever you want to eat and however you …

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Naked Wines

All our recipes feature a recommended wine pairing from Naked Wines and as a Fish Supper host you can access a special discounted case of wine to help …

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The Saucy Fish Co.

Savour the flavour without the hard labour when you order online from The Saucy Fish Co. You can save time preparing the meal, and save an extra 25% …

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Loch Fyne

If you don’t have time to host your own Fish Supper, Loch Fyne Restaurants will do it for you instead. With their culinary reputation for fine fish, where …

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Vintage Inns

Vintage Inns across the UK are supporting Fish Supper this year and proudly hosting their own fishy feasts on Friday 14 October. £1 from every Fish Supper served …

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Albert Bartlett

Whether you like them mashed, boiled, chipped or dauphinoise, you’ll want to start with the best possible spuds. We have the perfect potato partner for Fish Supper in …

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Aspall

Fish and chips just aren’t complete without a splash of vinegar. That’s why this year we’ve partnered with Aspall, as they have the perfect Golden Malt Vinegar for …

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National Federation of Fish Friers

For those who enjoy their fish most when it’s paired with chips, we’ve partnered with the National Federation of Fish Friers to provide easy takeout or eat in …

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Fish is the Dish

We’re not the only ones who appreciate the wonderful, healthy benefits of seafood. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Fish is the Dish campaign! Did you know Health …

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St Austell

St Austell Brewery is proud to be supporting the RNLI Fish Supper campaign this year. If you’re looking to eat out over the Fish Supper weekend, check out …

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Other ways you can get involved

Hosting a Fish Supper is not the only way you can get involved with the RNLI and help save lives at sea. There are plenty of ways you can support our RNLI crew members and volunteers this Autumn.

Donate

Your donations can help bring people home to their families, including our own lifesavers. Every year your RNLI donations work hard to save more lives. We need your support to give our crew members and volunteers everything they need to keep saving lives at sea.

Make a donation now

Book a seat

Vintage Inns across the UK are supporting Fish Supper this year and proudly hosting their own fishy feasts on Friday 14 October. £1 from every Fish Supper served will be donated to help our lifesaving work. Save on the washing up and book your table today.

Find your local

Local events

There might not always be something fishy going on, but there are endless possibilities for you to get involved in local RNLI events. Find out what’s going on in your area, and get involved.

Learn more about local events

Do you have a question?

We want your Fish Supper to go swimmingly! This website has a whole host of information and materials for you to download and view, on everything from holding dinner parties, to recipe ideas and how to donate. We know you might still have some questions about this year’s Fish Supper weekend. You’ll find the most commonly asked questions, along with answers from the Fish Supper Team in our FAQ section.

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