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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