Awards for two long-standing members of Rhyl RNLI management committee.

Lifeboats News Release

The President of the Fundraisers, and the Treasurer of Rhyl lifeboat's management committee, were recently awarded top honours by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) committee of management.

At a recent awards ceremony at Nunsmere Hall, Knutsford, Mr. William Newton was awarded the Institution's Gold badge; and Mrs. Jean Frost MBE, was awarded a bar to her Gold badge; for dedication and service to the RNLI in Rhyl. The Gold badge is one of the highest accolades that can be given for non-seagoing supporters. The badges were presented to William and Jean by Mr. Charles Hunter-Pease, the outgoing chairman of the trustees of the RNLI, in one of his last official engagements before he retires.

William is the treasurer for the Rhyl lifeboat station, and ensures all accounts are up-to-date and balanced, and is the Institution's representative on financial matters. He has been in post since 1985, making sure all the station's bills and invoices are paid.

Jean is President of the Rhyl Lifeboat Fundraisers, and is the lifeboat station 's shop manageress, being responsible for ensuring the shop is manned throughout the year, and for ordering new stock as necessary, resulting in a very successful outlet for boosting the RNLI's funds since the early 1970's. Jean also organises collections and souvenir stalls in the supermarkets and the shopping centre in the town. She was awarded the MBE in the Queen's honours list in 2007 for her services to the RNLI.

Jean said 'On behalf of William and myself, we are both honoured to be given these awards'

The attached photos show William and Jean receiving their badges from Charles Hunter-Pease.

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