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Newbiggin Lifeboat Volunteer Award

Lifeboats News Release

A lifeboat volunteer at Newbiggin has been recognised with a special award after 20 years of voluntary service.

Rod (left) receives the award off ALM Carl Harris

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Award Presentation
Rod Slaughter received the award in recognition of his voluntary time at Newbiggin where he has undertaken various roles including lifeboat crew, lifeboat helmsman, deputy launching authority, lifeboat training coordinator and also his current role in shorecrew / tractor driver.

Rod was presented with the RNLI Commemorative 20 year long service badge by Carl Harris the RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager at the boathouse recently.

The award is also particularly pertinent during this month when the RNLI is celebrating the lifeboat volunteers. Our volunteers are at the heart of the RNLI. Without all our volunteers – fundraisers, education presenters, shop, community safety, museum, crew members, lifeguards, and others – the RNLI wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea. Volunteers deserve recognition for the incredible contribution they make.

Carl Harris RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager said “The RNLI depends totally on the generosity of individuals; whether it is our crew, our donors, fundraisers or staff. In particular, as part of the Newbiggin Lifeboat Station Rod has played a vital role in the continuing success of the RNLI. It is a wonderful thought that there are many people safe at home with their families due to Rod’s selfless commitment to the RNLI over the last 20 years. We know that this length of service would not have been possible for Rod without the support of his family and friends and we are grateful to them for allowing us to have had your time.”


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website. Award image to be published soon.

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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