Lifeboat woman to receive MBE from Queen
A Welsh life-saver has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Vivienne Grey, a volunteer crewmember at Little and Broad Haven RNLI since 1990, has been involved in more than 120 ‘shouts’ on the lifeboat and is credited directly for saving the lives of eight people.
She has also volunteered with the local Coastguard Rescue Team for the past 10 years.
A highlight during her time with the RNLI was the rescue of a small boy from the foot of cliffs in 2004. In very rough seas, the lifeboat was manoeuvred close to the cliff base and she, with the aid of her crew, managed to get the boy on board.
More recently her skills were needed to rescue two young children spotted clinging to an open kayak in St Brides Bay in the summer of 2015. Her knowledge of the coastline and seamanship ensured that they were found moments before drowning, recovered and returned safely to shore.
Since 2008, Vivienne has also held the voluntary role of Lifeboat Training Coordinator at the lifeboat station. She coaches and mentors her fellow crew members, ensuring that the high standards of training are maintained.
She is particularly keen to bring on younger members of the team and her interest in encouraging young people is continued through her full-time job teaching in the local primary school.
She is also a mother-of-two and has enlisted her husband, mother and stepfather into volunteering at the station and fundraising branch.
Speaking about receiving her aware, Vivienne said: “I am honoured and extremely proud to receive an MBE for my work with the RNLI. I have been on the crew at Little and Broad Haven for over 25 years and I have been very lucky to serve with so many amazing crew and members of the wider RNLI family.
“Little Haven is a small community and this award recognises the hard work of the whole crew and also the support which the village gives the lifeboat. To know that when the pagers go off, we can go to sea and make a difference to someone’s life is why we volunteer and I am thankful and proud to be part of the RNLI.”
RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier said: “There is no doubt that Vivienne is a shining light at Little and Broad Haven RNLI, galvanising and motivating the crew, fundraisers, local community and her primary school students with her exceptional dedication and all round wonderful positivity.
“She is held in the upmost regard by all the crew and this is due to her extensive experience, knowledge and professionalism – having the highest attendance for shouts at the station exemplifies her dedication.”
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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