Dedicated Anglesey RNLI press officer puts down his pen after 16 years
Ray Steadman, Lifeboat Press Officer at Holyhead has decided to call it a day after keeping the station in the public eye by publicising rescue news and fundraising stories since 2000.
Publicity is vital to keep the RNLI charity afloat and Ray made it his mission to build up an excellent rapport with local broadcast and TV journalists and to ensure the RNLI’s story was told. He has been responsible for ensuring the role played by RNLI volunteer crews during rescues was always communicated to the public in a timely manner.
A keen photographer, Ray has embraced changes to the way the modern media works and was instrumental taking quality images and in editing video footage to support breaking news stories.
Danielle Rush, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Wales, says:
‘It never ceases to amaze me the level of commitment RNLI lifeboat press officers give to the charity. To think they are working in a volunteer capacity alongside jobs and families is just extraordinary. Ray embodies all the qualities we would hope to find in an LPO and had gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep Holyhead RNLI in the headlines.
‘Ray would think nothing of turning up at the station in the middle of the night to gather information about call outs and answer calls form the media up until the early hours of the morning. He’s been a fantastic asset to the PR team in Wales and we shall miss him greatly. I would like to thank him for all his hard work which has been very much appreciated.’
Ray, who works at nearby RAF Valley first began volunteering with Holyhead RNLI as shorecrew back in 1995. He also took up the post of ATV mechanic between 2002-2012.
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with Holyhead RNLI and have made some excellent lifelong friends along the way. I shall miss the role greatly, but felt the time had come for me to step down and let someone else take the reigns.’
Notes to Editors:
Picture Caption: Ray Steadman (credit Glyn Davies).
RNLI media contacts:
For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and the West, on 01745 585162 or 07748 265496.
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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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