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Three volunteers at Dungeness lifeboat station are recognise with RNLI Awards

Lifeboats News Release

The new RNLI Excellence in Volunteering awards have been given to deputy second coxswain Mark Richardson, lifeboat press officer Judith Richardson and deputy launching authority Simon Newman after being recognised by the RNLI for going the extra mile in their volunteer roles.

Three Dungeness volunteers recognised in the RNLI Excellence in Volunteering Awards

RNLI/Judith Richardson

l to r Mark Richardson volunteer deputy second coxswain, Judith Richardson volunteer lifeboat press officer and Simon Newman volunteer deputy launching authority

The criteria for these special awards were inspired by the RNLI’s values: trustworthy, courageous, selfless and dependable which these three awardees uphold. From the outstanding ambassadors to the unsung heroes who work quietly to ensure the success of RNLI ventures.

By 2017 Mark has been volunteering as a crew member for thirty years. Judith has been volunteering with the RNLI for fifty years and Simon has worked tirelessly raising thousands of pounds for the RNLI with organising and running the Annual World Dab Angling Competition.

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