Unsung heroes: Jean Frost MBE
How did you come to volunteer for the RNLI?
One Sunday I tracked down my son to the lifeboat station, polishing brasses. Before I could turn around I was making curtains for the crew room and my husband was treasurer of the fundraisers. It snowballed.
What volunteering roles have you done since then?
I took on shifts at the RNLI shop when it was a shed, the ‘hen house’, in a corner of the old boathouse. In 2001, we got a dedicated RNLI shop, and I’ve been shop manager since then. I deal with the new systems, staff rotas and banking all the money.
What makes you proud?
Seeing a good result on the till at the end of the day! We took £19,000 in 2018. Plus the RNLI is a truly charitable organisation. As shop managers, we don’t get paid.
My son [Frosty] makes me exceptionally proud. He gives his heart and soul to Rhyl lifeboat. It is damned hard work; we know we’ve earned whatever we’ve had. It’s keeping me alive. Keeps my mind going. It is my life.
How do you feel when your son is out on a shout?
Never worried! They do enough training.
Did you ever think of being on the crew?
Yes, when I was younger. But the boats became very technical and much faster!
I remember when the maroons went off – it jerks your heartstrings. And the faces of the parents when they see their child safe. That’s worth everything. A terrific feeling.
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