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Honour for dedicated Worcestershire RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Two Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers from Worcestershire were among more than 40 dedicated supporters of the lifesaving charity honoured at its regional awards ceremony at Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester on Wednesday 22 June.

The awards were presented by RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease, who praised the dedication and commitment of the charity’s volunteers.
 
There were two awards for dedicated RNLI volunteers from the Bromsgrove branch.
 
Mary Hampson, who joined the branch in 1975 and has held official positions since 1977, received a Bar to the Gold Badge. Jennifer West, chairman of the RNLI’s Bromsgrove branch, who has closely managed the relationship with a local sailing club, also received her Gold Badge.
 
Adele Fuller, RNLI Area Manager for Worcestershire says:
 
‘The ceremony gave us the opportunity to celebrate the tireless work that goes on in our stations and fundraising groups – often quietly, often behind the scenes, always without fuss or fanfare. The annual awards ceremony was our opportunity to make that fuss and say a heartfelt thank you to RNLI volunteers who have given years of dedication.
 
‘Volunteers like Mary and Jennifer are the driving force behind all of the RNLI’s lifesaving work. Our lifeboat crews, lifeguards and flood rescue teams can save lives because we have the unwavering support of our fundraisers. ‘
 
Notes to Editors
Pictures of award recipients are available. For individual citations, please contact Danielle Rush on the telephone numbers below .
 
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Wales and the West on 01745 585162 or 07786668829.

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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland