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.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.