Volunteer lifeboat crew members from RNLI Brighton Lifeboat Station were shocked to discover their charitable collection box had been broken into and emptied twice.
The external collection box outside the RNLI Brighton shop in Brighton Marina has been broken into twice this month.
The RNLI is a charity which exists to save lives at sea and has lifeboats at 238 stations around the UK and Ireland – all of which are crewed by highly-trained volunteers.
As a charity, donations from the public are essential to ensuring the RNLI can carry on its lifesaving work.
Brighton lifeboat crew launched 35 times last year and helped 16 people.
The crew, who volunteer their time to help save others, are sorely disappointed about the theft of the donated money, all of which could have helped fund vital training or equipment.
They said: ‘The money in that collection box was generously donated by members of the public who have chosen to support the work we do.
‘Our volunteers work very hard to keep launching to rescue those who need us. This just makes it harder.’
As the money is donated voluntarily, it is difficult to give an accurate estimate of how much donated money has been stolen.
The box will now be removed and replaced with a contactless donation machine in the window of the shop.
The station has set up a fundraiser page and would appreciate any donations: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-brighton-lifesavers-2022