About the project

The little guys are getting out and about to support the RNLI and to help save lives at sea. They may only be small, but they want to make a big difference.


This is me!

My name is Simon Perks and ‘The Lifeboat Crew’ project is my way of helping to support the valuable work that the RNLI does around our coasts.

I’m a keen sailor, kayaker and gig rower and take great comfort from knowing that our lifeboat crews are there should I ever need them.

My late father worked for the RNLI for many years and the charity’s activities formed a big part of my childhood. Sitting on the beach watching lifeboats out on exercise. Sneaking an occasional ride on a D-class inflatable or an Atlantic 21. Answering the phone late at night to gruff voices in faraway coastal locations.

And now it’s my turn to help. So with the support of my wife, Natalie, and Molly, my Labrador dog, my band of intrepid LEGO minifigures and I will be learning more about the lifeboat service, its brave volunteers and the vital work that they do – day and night – to keep us safe.

Natalie and Molly

Natalie and Molly

We’ll be keeping you up to date here on our website, with stories and photos from our travels around the coast as well as important water safety messages (but mini-fig style!).

And I’ll share some of the tall and not-so-tall tales from the lifeboat service of my youth, which I hope will make you smile when you read them as much as I smile from remembering them.

We’ll also be posting regular photos and updates on Twitter @thelifeboatcrew and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifeboatcrew.

In case you’re not familiar with the RNLI, it’s the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 23 people every day and RNLI lifeguards provide a seasonal lifeguard service on many of our most popular beaches. The RNLI is independent from Government and relies on support from people like us.

We hope you like what we’re doing and we’d love to hear from you.

Simon (and the little guys).