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RNLI Film Wins Bronze at 2017 Charity Film Awards

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI’s film ‘A Night of Courage and Loss’ has won the Bronze award for Best Documentary or Long-Form Film at the 2017 Charity Film Awards, held on 15 March at BAFTA.

The award was collected by Harrison Bates, Videographer at the RNLI, and Aram Atkinson, Senior Videographer and the film’s director.

The Charity Film Awards celebrate excellence in the use of film by charities to change mindsets, raise awareness or fundraise.

‘A Night of Courage and Loss’ explores the heroism of three Scarborough lifeboat crew volunteers who risked their lives attempting to rescue Andrew McGeown, who jumped into the water to save his dog. The crew battled the worst weather conditions in decades, including six foot swells. Sadly, the rescue attempt ended in tragedy – but the courageousness of the lifeboat crew has been recognised. The helm, Rudi Barman, was awarded a Bronze medal for bravery and his fellow crew members were each given a Certificate of Thanks from the RNLI.

Aram Atkinson said:

“It’s a great honour to receive this award and we are incredibly proud to be represent the RNLI. The courage all our volunteer crews possess is phenomenal and it’s always humbling to share their stories. A Night of Courage and Loss is a film that belongs to Scarborough, the RNLI community and all those who have been lost to the sea.”

The Charity Film Awards are voted for by 43,000 members of the public and 25 expert judges including TotalGiving’s founder Ronnie Zahdeh, The Times’ Phillip Collins, and Baroness Kate Parminter.

RNLI/Aram Atkinson

Aram Atkinson (L) and Harrison Bates (R) winning Bronze at 2017 Charity Film Awards

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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland