Sheringham RNLI medical man to retire after 18 years’ service
Volunteer lifeboat crew members at Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat Station have bid farewell to their Lifeboat Medical Advisor (LMA), Dr Peter Sampson, who has retired after 18 years in the role.
Dr Peter Sampson has served as LMA since 1998 but a consequence of his retirement as a Senior General Practitioner at Sheringham Health Centre, is stepping down.
Dr Sampson grew up in Windsor and went to school at Haileybury School in Hertfordshire which was founded in 1862 by the East India Company. After his schooling he attained his medical qualifications at St Mary’s Paddington where he met his wife Gillian, a Consultant Dermatologist, with whom he has three children, James, Edward and Clare. He is a keen sailor and has a wealth of experience in local waters
Brian Farrow, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘The honorary role of Lifeboat Medical Advisor is a critical function in helping to manage a lifeboat station and Dr Peter Sampson had undertaken that role here at Sheringham with distinction since 1998.’
On Sunday 24 October Dr. Sampson was presented with an RNLI Gold Badge and, to mark his retirement, an engraved glass photo frame from the Sheringham Lifeboat Management Group. He was also given an engraved slate plaque from the volunteer lifeboat crew.
In a short speech Chairman Phil Hawes thanked Dr. Sampson for his commitment to the RNLI over the past 18 years wished all future health and happiness to Dr Sampson and his family. He said: ‘I am delighted he is staying in the immediate area and hope that he will stay involved with the Lifeboat Management Group.’
Dr Sampson's replacement as Lifeboat Medical Advisor will be Dr. Jayne Welfare-Smith.
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