We're proud that Wells lifeboat station has been selected take part in the Launch A Memory scheme, and that our new Shannon-class lifeboat will carry the names of supporters' loved ones within the large white numbers on her hull.
Launch A Memory is organised and managed by the RNLI at the head office in Poole where the new lifeboat will be built in the RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat Centre and you can take part by making a dedication and a donation directly on the RNLI's website.
But our volunteers have been asked a few questions locally by people who've contacted the station or know us in person so we've compiled this page which might help answer your queries. The Launch A Memory team are best placed to help but if you do have questions or difficulties that you can't sort out, do make sure to ask and we'll try to help or find the best person to help you.
Of course; but you need to complete a separate form for each name, making a separate donation each time.
No, unfortunately each name must be submitted as a separate entry, one for Henry and another for Amelia.
Names will be placed to best fit the decal on the boat; however, the Launch A Memory team will make every endeavour to place names together where this is the expressed wish of the donor. In order for the team to realise this, names should be submitted by the same person, one straight after the other. You can confirm this by emailing
No, anyone can be celebrated in this way. Launch a Memory is primarily a way of paying tribute and remembering a loved one, but they do not have to be deceased.
Yes, as long as it could not be deemed offensive. Contact the Launch A Memory team for advice if you are unsure by emailing
Your submission must be no more than 35 characters in total.
You are invited to make a dedication to your loved one with a photograph if you wish. It is a web page which will stay throughout the campaign and may give you insight into the ways others have expressed their love and admiration.
Much of the funding for our Shannon came through the Civil Service Pension Fund. This question is simply so the amount raised through this route can be tracked.
Yes! Contact the Launch A Memory Team on 0300 300 0061 (UK) or 01 511 9871 (Ireland) pr (+)44 1202 336395 (outside of UK and ROI) and make your dedication and donation over the phone.
Launch a Memory has begun well and we are delighted at the support so far. With the potential for 10,000 names on our new boat, there are still lots of opportunities for your loved one’s names to sail with us and every donation means we can continue to provide help and save lives around the UK's coast.
You can find all the information and forms you need on the RNLI website rnli.org/WellsLaunch.
Thank you for your support.
Walls and floors are appearing in our new lifeboat station. See boathouse build pages for more information.
The new building will will take around 18 months to complete with work preparing the foundations and piling for the building and ramp having taken place from September 2020 to May 2021.
The building is required to house our forthcoming new Shannon-class lifeboat which was funded in part with a station appeal for £250,000 in 2014-15 and also by the Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund with its 150th Anniversary Appeal. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and across the UK and even further afield. Your contribution is appreciated and will help to save lives and keep our volunteeer crews safe in the years to come. Read more about the station appeal
Wells lifeboats and the lifeboat crew remain operational and ready to launch if needed during the coronavirus outbreak.
All public visits to the lifeboat station remain cancelled. Please do not enter the boathouse except by prior arrangement.
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