Volunteers provide this lifesaving service, but to continue to operate we must raise vital funds to keep our vehicles and equipment in good condition, fuelled and ready to respond.

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As an independent lifeboat, we are one of a family that makes up around a quarter of all Lifeboats in the UK and Ireland; we are also one of just three in the South of Scotland, which boasts half of all independent lifeboats in Scotland. Being an independent, wholly volunteer-run Lifeboat comes with its challenges, one of which can be our visibility to raise funds in the shadow of our good friends the RNLI.

That makes every penny donated and raised, which adds up to around £30,000 a year in running costs, vital and appreciated.

As a result, our supporters have kept our Lifeboat on service, on-call 24/7 every day of every year with no callout unresponded in over 40 years: with nearly 470 callouts and the accrual of over 63,500 hrs of active volunteer service.

Our lifeboat crew today are the custodians of a proud legacy of extensive knowledge, experience and history gained over those four decades of service. This proud legacy is matched only by the extraordinary gift of support from the community we belong to and serve.

How Much Does It Cost?

The annual cost of running the lifeboat is around £30,000 per year. We hold a reserve of £15,000 for unexpected expenses such as emergency repairs and replacement of essential equipment (to avoid the risk of boats or response vehicles being out of service while we seek to raise funds for unplanned expenses).

Annual Accounts

Our annual accounts are first submitted to an independent examiner and then final accounts and the annual report sent to OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) for approval. See our previous Nith Inshore Rescue report on the OSCR website HERE.

If you would like to see our most recent accounts please email our

How you can help

You can send us a donation by clicking the donate button below or at the top of the page. You can also send a cheque to the Treasurer, Nith Inshore Rescue, Glencaple, Dumfries DG1 4RD.

By joining our weekly Tote Draw you could help provide us with much-needed regular income.

Supporters and Sponsors

We are very grateful to the many funders, businesses, workplace groups, clubs, societies and individuals who have generously supported us in recent months through grants, donations and gifts in kind.

The Robertson Trust, ANCB (Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company), Dumfries and Galloway Leader Programme, The Holywood Trust, The Misses Robinson Charitable Trust, The Weatherall Foundation Trust, The Robin Rigg Fund, The Coastal Communities Fun, UK Department of Transport and The Scottish Police Authority.

Lloyd Ltd – Dumfries (kind loan of our Isuzu second emergency response vehcile)

St Michael’s Services Ltd (fuel for the boats)

Klic Cars Ltd (servicing the Land Rover)

Knighthood Assurance (discount on insurance)

Creatomatic (discount on website design)

AML Technology (computer & radio repairs)

Nith Hotel


Troqueer Arms

Salutation Inn

Trustee Savings Bank (Dumfries)

Marks & Spencer (Dumfries)

Nationwide Building Society (Dumfries)

Douglas Arms

Hogg’s Newsagents

Total E & P UK Ltd

Peter Haining Kitchens


Coach and Horses

Auldgirth Inn

Farmers Inn

Brig Inn

Cresswell Hotel

999 Emergency Highland Games (Julie Rankin)

Collin SWI

Dumfries & District Ladies Club

Dumfries & Galloway Angling Association

Unite Union

Dumfries & County Golf Club

Marchmount Bowling Club

Maxwelltown West Church

Terregles Football Club

Veteran Car Club of GB

Bankend Ladies Club

Border & Strathspey & Reel Society

Steamboat Quizzers

Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla

Caerlaverock Community Council

Lodge Nithsdale St Paul

Loreburn Ladies Club

Dumfries Academy


Lodge Dumfries Kilwinning No 53

Lodge St John New Abbey

Lee & Scott Smith

Joe Boardman & Danny Bryden

Pat Geddes

Alan & Elizabeth

Gaynor & Michael

George Sharp

Pat Raverty

Eileen Rankin

Janet Carr-Wharton

John & Rosie Rutherford

Joyce Mellor

Mrs Jackie Stewart

Mr I Duffie

Mrs Pat Harvey

Mary Syne

Kathy & Jimmy Jardine

Mrs Drysdale

Michael & Kirsteen Burns

Kate Lockhart

Mrs Molly Hunter

Lady Mary

John Dalrymple

Mary Paterson

Ian Hamilton

Fiona Kirkpatrick

William McKinnon

Macauley McQueen

And finally, a big thank you to all our fundraisers who have helped raise thousands of pounds throughout the year.

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