VOLUNTEERS from the RNLI will be cleaning cars to raise some money for the charity.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a 24-hour service which has six stations in Essex that monitor the coast.

The Burnham lifeboat station was founded in 1966 and assists in medical emergencies, hazards and public safety on the coast of Essex.

The station mainly covers the River Crouch from Battlesbridge to the coast, the River Roach and the offshore sandbanks and mudflats in the area.

The lifeboat station is one of three that keeps their inshore lifeboats in a floating boathouse.

Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 the lifeboat crews have saved more than 142,200 lives.

They depend on donations and legacies to keep their rescue service going around to UK and Ireland as they are independent of Coastguard and government.

The money raised by the volunteer crew holding the fundraising car wash will go towards giving the crew the best training and equipment available for any weather.

The volunteers will be at Burnham Village Hall on Saturday between 10am and 2pm charging £5 per car wash, which will all go towards the charity.

Card payments will be accepted on the day.