Celebrating our 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.
The RNLI's Excellence in Volunteering Awards

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This is why it’s important that we celebrate and recognise our volunteers who have gone the extra mile and for their long service to the RNLI.

So far in 2018, 127 volunteers have received an Excellence in Volunteering Award and 171 crew members have been awarded long service awards.

Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated and to those who have received an award!

Excellence in Volunteering Awards

With our Excellence in Volunteering Awards, volunteers and staff members can nominate fellow volunteers they think deserve special recognition for going above and beyond what is expected of them.

These awards are presented locally, but all awardees are invited to attend celebratory events throughout the year to celebrate their achievements with other volunteers in their region.

Here are just a few of our volunteers who have received an Excellence in Volunteering Award this year:

David Ham of Torbay

David Ham of Torbay has been recognised for his contribution to the safety and lifesaving activities in and around the Torbay area for over 16 years.

Wendyjean from West Bridgford

Wendyjean from West Bridgford received her Excellence in Volunteering Award. She is pictured here with her Community Fundraising Manager, Sarah Whattam, who says: ‘Among her many roles, Wendyjean has an enthusiastic, can-do attitude which inspires the rest of the committee and branch members.’

Nicola Goodban and Sum Cuplin from Walmer

Walmer celebrates two of its volunteers: Nicola Goodban who received her 20 year Crew Long Service Award and Sam Cuplin who received his Excellence in Volunteering Award.

Mike Cole of Selsey

Mike Cole of Selsey has been recognised for his efforts in assisting with the move to the new lifeboat station while continuing to engage and educate the public in his role as Visits Officer – a position he has held for over seven years.

Congratulations to you all!

How to nominate a volunteer for an Excellence in Volunteering Award

If you know a volunteer who has gone the extra mile for the RNLI and you think should receive an Excellence in Volunteering Award, then please take a look at this link to find out how to nominate someone.

If you have any questions about volunteer recognition, please email us at volunteer_recognition@rnli.org.uk or phone us on 01202 663183.