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Double gold badge award for Exmouth Fundraisers

Lifeboats News Release

Exmouth RNLI is very proud to have two of our fundraisers recognised for their tireless fundraising work at a ceremony in Dartington Hall. Jean Carpenter and Mike Baldwin have amassed a spectacular 85 years of fundraising for the RNLI between them.

The award ceremony took place at Dartington Hall, Totnes and honoured volunteers from around the south west for their work for the RNLI. The event was hosted by Charles Hunter-Pease OBE Chairman of the RNLI.  Jean and Mike invited their close family and friends to the award ceremony but were also supported by Exmouth lifeboat station, with Kevin Riley, Exmouth Lifeboat operations manager; Steve Hockings-Thompson, Coxswain of Exmouth RNLI and Pat Atkinson Exmouth RNLI shop manager.

Both Jean and Mike have both worked tirelessly for the RNLI. Jean started fundraising when she lived in Ireland, then moved back to England and even now after 50 years of fundraising opens her garden to raise funds for the RNLI. She is determined to continue raising money: 'As long as they need to launch the lifeboat, I will carry on raising money!’

Jean opens her garden at 5 Beeches Close, Woodbury for the last time on 24 July 1-5pm. (Admission £1.50 Cream teas £3).

Mike was honoured to have friends support him from the Lewisham fundraising branch, where he began his fundraising for the RNLI 35 years ago. Mike is now an active member of Exmouth RNLI fundraising team and a shop volunteer. He believes fundraising should be fun.

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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