Exmouth RNLI Shop volunteers’ dedication recognised by the Institution

PR141214 Shop awards

PR141214 Long-service award volunteers on the Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn.

L to R: Margaret Griffin, Anne Midgley, Jill Carter, Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, Barbara Davies, Nancy Thompson, Margaret Eaglesham, Deputy Coxswain Roger Jackson, Visitor Experience Manager Amanda Woods and Mechanic Andy Williams.

Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)

On Thursday 11 December, shop and fundraising volunteers gathered at Exmouth lifeboat station for the presentation of six long-service awards. Two 10-year and four 20-year framed certificates were awarded to the committed volunteers.

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This year’s annual shop get-together was attended by around 35 volunteers from the shop, fundraising and operations teams. Shop Manager, Margaret Eaglesham announced the busiest year at Exmouth which has attracted more visitors following the arrival of Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn in May. During the Open Day weekend, £2,000 was taken in sales and this year, the volunteers are on target to achieve £80,000 in total souvenir sales.

Visitor Experience Manager, Amanda Woods congratulated the whole team for their dedication and commitment through this time of change. The gallery above the shop on Queens Drive is being transformed into a Visitor Experience Centre with interactive displays to compliment the new state-of-the-art lifeboat.

Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson thanked the sales team for their role in saving lives at sea;

‘Without your efforts, we couldn’t put R and J Welburn on the water to rescue those in need of our help. Raising money to fund our Crew’s training and kit is a vital role of our charity. You all play a key part in our team to save lives at sea.’

Deputy Coxswain, Roger Jackson presented Barabara Davies and Margaret Eaglesham with their 10-year long-service awards before Margaret Griffin, Nancy Thompson, Anne ‘Biddie’ Midgley and Jill Carter with their 20-year framed certificates. Volunteers Linda Cawsey and Pat Atkinson were thanked by Margaret Eaglesham for their individual support this year and both received a bouquet of flowers.

A cream tea was provided with glasses of Bucks Fizz and an opportunity to look around the Shannon class lifeboat followed.

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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 237 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 200 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)

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