Double Presentation at Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat Station
Prior to the weekly exercise on Thursday, 20th October, 2016 Mr Lee Firman, the Divisional Operations Manager made two presentations at the Criccieth Lifeboat Station.
The first presentation was the RNLI’s Gold Badge and Certificate of Thanks to the station’s Vice President Ken Roberts who had initially joined the station as a crew member in 1975. In 1977 he was awarded the RNLI’s Thanks Inscribed on Vellum for a service to the yacht “Zircon” which had run aground on Porthmadog Bar and whose crew of four were brought ashore in rough conditions by the Criccieth D class lifeboat. Following his retirement from the crew in 1986 he became a stalwart member of the local coastguard team. In April 2000, having retired from the coastguard, he was appointed as a Deputy Launch Authority and remained in that post until 2006. He was then appointed as a Vice President and still remains in that position.
The second presentation was to Nick Millard who over the past few years has contributed a significant sum of money towards the work of the lifeboat station. With the inclusion of Gift Aid his contribution is £71,000. This money will cover the cost of the new launching vehicle coming to the station in 2017, help towards the cost of the new boathouse for the Arancia inshore rescue boat and the emergency klaxon fitted at the station. Mr Millard was presented with a memento made out of an old lifeboat propeller and Certificate of Thanks.
Commenting on the Awards, Peter Williams, Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager said “it was good to see the very long service of Ken Roberts being recognised by the award of the prestigious Gold Badge. He has been an extremely faithful and committed member of the station’s operational team. Nick Millard has made very generous contributions for which we are very grateful”.
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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, in a normal year, 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.