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Latest cheque presentation

Good afternoon to all friends/walkers/supporters of Walking Glasgow. I was further delighted yesterday to present a much-needed cheque to our colleagues at the Glasgow Humane Society at Glasgow Green, at the end of our Clyde Bridges walk. Their work has , and still is of vital importance to our city and beyond- and I have included some details on them below. A huge thanks, as always, to everyone of you who have donated, via ourselves to both the RNLI and this most admirable group. Kevin Scott.


Glasgow Humane Society has been saving lives in and around Glasgow’s waterways since its foundation in 1790.

It is the oldest continuing lifeboat service in the world. The RNLI, currently celebrating their 200th year, was only begun in 1824 !


Alongside Strathclyde Police, the Glasgow Humane Society introduced a GPS system for rescue equipment along the River Clyde. At every lifebelt and rescue ladder position there are signs with an identifying code that a caller can to provide to police, that allows the police command and control system to accurately pinpoint the caller's location.

The Bennie, a lifeboat custom designed by Benjamin "Bennie" Parsonage, is on display in the Riverside Museum. Several of the Society's boats are replicas of the Bennie, as it is the fastest boat that can still be tipped far enough to allow a person to be lifted over the side




The aims and objectives of Glasgow Humane Society are:

·        To preserve human life in and around the waterways of Greater Glasgow.

·        To provide lifeboat and safety services where and when requested, by Police Scotland.

·        To advise councils, emergency services, universities and schools, businesses, riverside users/ public on safety and accident prevention.


The Society Officer and boats have been based in Glasgow Green since 1790. Glasgow Humane Society is a registered charity and relies on donations from the public and support from Glasgow City Council to provide its services. The current officer is Mr William Graham and he has held the position since 2015. He succeeded Dr George Parsonage MBE who retired as officer in 2019 but continues to serve as a consultant. 

The aims and objectives of Glasgow Humane Society are:


William Graham has held the position as Officer of Glasgow Humane Society since 2015. Prior to this he served for over a decade in the British Army with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and then with 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland serving on operational tours of Kenya, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. William was initially trained by George Parsonage and worked alongside George until his retirement in 2019. George has since took on an advisory role within the Society. William is now the sole employee of the society and oversees the daily running and coordinates his team of volunteers

Glasgow Humane Society,The Boatyard, 1D Glasgow GreenGlasgow, G40 1BA



Office: 0141 551 0332


1/Glasgow Humane Society search for and recover missing persons on behalf of Police Scotland.

2/GHS provide water safety services to a number of events including regattas, races and Commercial Events, like TRNSMT Festival.

3/GHS is contracted by Glasgow City Council to provide and maintain Public Rescue Equipment along the River Clyde. This takes the form of lifbelts, throw ropes and safety signage. Some 60-70 lifebelts are replaced each week along the length of Clyde, after wanton vandalism.

4/GHS work with a variety of partner agencies. These include Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, SSPCA, Trossachs SAR and many more.

5/GHS  works alongside Rowing Clubs and other river user groups to ensure the safety of all those who use the river. Working with the clubs we devised a set of rules for rowing on  Clyde.

6/GHS work closely with many community groups both within Glasgow Green and along the River Clyde to promote water safety, education and drowning prevention.


Glasgow Humane Society is a registered charity and we rely on donations to ensure that we can continue our lifesaving work. There are several ways you can donate to us,eg. Paypal. We are extremely grateful for any donation, no matter the amount. All donations are used to ensure we can carry out our aim of saving lives on Glasgow’s waterways.

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