Barmouth RNLI recognises the dedication of its volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI came together to recognise the dedication shown by some of their station volunteers.

left to right): David Baily, Norma Stockford, Wendy Ponsford, June Davies, Pete Davies.

RNLI/Barmouth

left to right): David Baily, Norma Stockford, Wendy Ponsford, June Davies, Pete Davies.

Lifeboat Press Officer Norma Stockford, Fundraising Chair Wendy Ponsford and Shop Manager and Treasurer June Davies were all awarded individual RNLI Excellence In Volunteering Awards. While a group award was given to the station's fundraising and shop volunteers.

The Excellence in Volunteering Awards allow RNLI volunteers to nominate others who have gone the extra mile, inspired or innovated people, are outstanding ambassadors, or the unsung heroes who quietly ensure the success of the RNLI in saving lives at sea.

Barmouth Lifeboat Operations Manager David Baily said: 'Often the hard work and dedication shown by Norma, June, Wendy, and our shop and fundraising volunteers can go unnoticed by those outside of the station. So the RNLI Excellence In Volunteering Awards allows us as a station to publicly thank them all for their dedication to both the station and the RNLI as a whole.'

Coxswain Peter Davies added: 'Their hard work ensures we as a station can continue saving lives at sea. And the amount of dedication they have all shown is an inspiration to us all within the station.'

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows (left to right): David Baily, Norma Stockford, Wendy Ponsford, June Davies, Pete Davies.

For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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