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Barmouth RNLI fundraiser is honoured

Lifeboats News Release

Sheila Walker has been presented with a Gold Badge in recognition of her contribution to fundraising activities over 41 years.

The award was presented by Deborah Ferns, Community Fundraising Manager for north Wales and the west at a meeting of Barmouth and District RNLI Fundraisers, Committee and volunteer crew members on 9th May 2016.
Sheila joined the RNLI in 1975 and has been an integral member of the fundraising committee since then.  She served for many years as Box Secretary and has regularly provided help at Barmouth Lifeboat Fundraising events, whatever the weather.  The award recognises her significant contribution to the RNLI.

Fundraising Chairman, Wendy Ponsford, said:
‘This award is in recognition of the many hours of hard work which Sheila has given to the RNLI. All those involved in the Barmouth and District Branch are delighted to hear of this very well-deserved honour. She is a great example to us all.’

A special cake to mark the occasion was made by Eve Williams, wife of the Second Coxswain and Sheila was presented with flowers from the Coxswain and Fundraisers.

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For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245882 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on  

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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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