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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteer’s dedication recognised

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI crew member Lesley Hart has received an excellence in volunteering award at a special presentation event in Leeds on 6 October

Lesley with her highly coveted award, at last Wednesday’s lifeboat training evening

RNLI/Mike Lang

Lesley with her highly coveted award, at last Wednesday’s lifeboat training evening

Lesley was nominated by two separate people for the level 7 award (out of 9) which had to be passed by the board of trustees. It’s called an ‘excellence in volunteering award'.

Lesley said: ‘The award came as a huge surprise to me but it’s an honour to have been recognised in this way. Being a volunteer and a fundraiser isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. However, none of it would have been possible without the incredible team of fellow volunteers at the station. Every one of them deserves a little piece of this award. We have a fantastic team in Burnham-on-Sea and I am just proud to be a part of that.’

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteer press officer Mike Lang adds: ‘As well as being a lifeboat crew member, the training for which Lesley completed a regular blog all about her experiences, Lesley is also the Burnham-on-Sea RNLI fundraising chair and took a lead role in organising this and last year’s RNLI ball.’


Notes for editors

Photo enclosed with this release shows Lesley with her highly coveted award, at last Wednesday’s lifeboat training evening. File name: Lesley_award (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Library images of Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboats are also available on request

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