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British Empire Medal awarded to lifelong RNLI fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

Margaret Driscoll's dedication to community projects and the RNLI were recognised earlier this year.


Margaret Driscoll presented with British Empire Medal

Over 60 years of fundraising for the RNLI, along with a dedication to a range of community projects in her home village of Burnmouth, culminated in Margaret Driscoll being awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, earlier this year.

As well as serving on the local village community council, Margaret has also been a lifelong supporter of the RNLI. This was recognised by the RNLI in 2010 when Margaret was made an Honorary Life Governor.

When Margaret learned of the Honours List medal earlier this year she said; '
It came completely out of the blue, very much a surprise and of course, I am absolutely delighted. I don’t know if I deserve this as over the years, you just do what you enjoy doing really. I will continue to raise funds for the RNLI and help the local community council in anyway I can.'

Margaret was officially presented with her medal by Lord Lieutenant Jeanna Swan on Saturday 2 December 2017, in front of a packed crowd at Burnmouth Village Hall.

Key facts about the RNLI

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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