30 year Service Recognition for Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Volunteer
At a recent national award ceremony held in Birmingham, Morecambe RNLI lifeboat station’s volunteer Treasurer, Mrs Lesley Waite, was presented with the charity’s Gold Award by RNLI Chairman Mr Charles Hunter-Pease.
Morecambe volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said ‘Lesley has been associated with Morecambe lifeboat for about 30 years. Her husband Steve was on the crew, but when he left due to work commitments; she didn't. She has a modest, quiet and unassuming manner but her commitment to the work of Morecambe lifeboat has been total, even during times of serious illness; juggling family and work responsibilities with the needs of the Station. Lesley is very conscientious and ensures that all bills, accounts etc are settled promptly and this is especially true when processing expense claims submitted by our volunteers; recognising that, for some, failure to do so can cause real difficulties. Lesley makes every effort to attend local management meetings and can answer any question asked of her. The esteem with which she is held by the members of Morecambe lifeboat crew cannot be under-estimated and she is fully deserving of any recognition she receives.’
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 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.