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Awards for long serving shop volunteers at Mablethorpe RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Mablethorpe RNLI station’s long serving volunteers were recognised with the presentation of framed letters of thanks from the institution.

Mablethorpe award presentation

RNLI/Karen Cartwright

Mablethorpe award presentation

Dorothy Marchant, Bill Watson and Jean Davies were presented the thanks by James Thompson, Retail Manager to the RNLI and Lesley Robson, Visitor Engagement Manager.

Also awarded were shop managers Tom and Ellen Lucas. Tom was the first person in the RNLI to be awarded the new Shannon class lifeboat engraved into a glass award. Tom’s wife Ellen was presented with flowers and a framed certificate.

Both Tom and Ellen work tirelessly supporting the other volunteers and the day to day running of the shop.

Mablethorpe RNLI shop is one of the top achieving shops in the UK and has managed to open 365 days a year with the help of the volunteers.

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For more information please contact Karen Cartwright, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on: 07540 071615.

Mablethorpe award presentation 2

RNLI/Karen Cartwright

Mablethorpe award presentation 2

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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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