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Dungeness Coxswain and Press Officer honoured by RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Long serving Dungeness RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Judith Richardson and Coxswain Stuart Adams have been honoured with long service awards at the annual blessing and re-dedication service of the Dungeness lifeboat 'The Morrell'.

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40 years service award for Stuart Adams and Excellence in Volunteering award for Judith Richardson

On Sunday 10 September 2017, a large crowd braved the traditional Dungeness RNLI weather of wind and rain to attend the annual blessing and re-dedication service or the station's Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell. After the welcome speeches from Dungeness lifeboat chairman Peter Thomas and Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Gillett, a moving service was officiated over by Canon Reverend Lindsay Hammond, Area Dean of Romney and Tenterden and the new vicar of Lydd the Reverend Chris Maclean. The lesson was read by Les Carter and as always, the music was beautifully played by the City of Canterbury Brass Band. During the service, a moving version of “Let not the deep swallow me up” was played by Dave Gower and sung by Christine Descher. .

Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Judith Richardson was awarded the excellence in volunteering award for her amazing 50 years’ service to the RNLI and to saving lives at sea. This was presented to her by the representative of Shepway district council David Owen. Judith started volunteering with the RNLI in 1967 aged just 20. She was accepted as a lady launcher with the lifeboat Mabel E Holland.

In 1977, she joined the fundraising committee and set up a small shop in the current boathouse when the Rother class lifeboat Alice Upjohn arrived on station. When the Mersey class lifeboat Pride and Spirit became the station lifeboat in 1996 Judith was instrumental in co-ordinating everything and ensuring the new lifeboat’s donors Eric and Jean Cass were kept informed and involved.

In 1998 Judith’s husband William Richardson retired as Coxswain and Judith stood down from fundraising and received a RNLI letter of thanks. In 1999 William became volunteer sea safety advisor and Judith was appointed as sea safety PR volunteer. Until 2006 they would spend their weekends and holidays out on the sea safety roadshow. In 2006 Judith was appointed Dungeness lifeboat volunteer Press Officer a role she continues to this day and attends every launch no matter what time of day or night.

Coxswain Stuart Adams was presented with a long service certificate and badge for his 40 years’ service by Lifeboat Operations manager Roger Gillett. Stuart joined Dungeness lifeboat aged 17 and served under Coxswain William Richardson. When William retired in 1997 the crew voted Stuart in as Coxswain. This year Stuart and the station celebrate his 20 years in the role. In 2002 Stuart also appointed lifeboat training co-ordinator.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Gillett also presented a framed photograph of the station's Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell signed by the crew to the City of Canterbury Brass Band for their 30 years of providing the music for our blessing service and concerts during the year. Flowers from the station were also presented to Judith Richardson and to Coxswain's wife Lisa Adams from all at Dungeness RNLI

RNLI media contacts

· Simon Collins, Dungeness RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer

07904 871756

· Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /

· Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825,

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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Dungeness Volunteer Press Officer Judith Richardson receiving her excellence in volunteering award from Shepway council represrentative David Owen

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Dungeness people gather to support the blessing of the lifeboat service

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, Carrybridge 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