Microsoft is donating £5m worth of technology to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The aim is to allow the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to free up money for critical lifesaving activities.
Microsoft is giving its technology to the RNLI over three years. This will enable the charity to invest money normally spent on software elsewhere.
The donation comes at an important time, as the RNLI expects gifts to dry up because of the current economic turmoil.
"Indeed we are bracing ourselves to be fully hit by the storm next year, when the impact of reduced share and house prices on the value of legacy gifts - upon which we are so dependent - is expected to become apparent," said RNLI chief executive, Andrew Freemantle.