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30 year Service Recognition for Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Volunteer

Lifeboats News Release

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.’

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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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