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

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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