Rhyl RNLI volunteers receive awards for service to the charity
Local RNLI volunteers have been recognised for services to the charity that saves lives at sea.
The annual Rhyl Lifeboat Crew Dinner was held last weekend (Saturday 7 April) at the 1891 Restaurant in Rhyl. The event was well attended by RNLI volunteers, staff, the local seafaring community as well as local and national dignitaries.
During the formal dinner, the RNLI and Rhyl Lifeboat Station present awards for services to the charity.
This year four awards were presented by Mr Charles Hunter-Pease OBE, retired Chairman of the RNLI. Mark Budd received his 20 Years Service badge, Paul Frost MBE was awarded the Benjamin Jones Memorial Award for his service of relief Coxswain for the past 12 months, providing cover whilst Coxswain Martin Jones MBE was stationed at Moelfre, Anglesey, Pat Jackson wife of the late Peter Jackson received a Certificate of Service for Peter's role of Deputy Launching Authority at Rhyl Lifeboat Station and Martin Jones received the Long Service Award for 30 years service to the RNLI.
The crew would like to thank 1891 Restaurant for their hospitality and for making the event run smoothly.
Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain, Martin Jones says, ‘On behalf of the crew and myself, I would like to thank everyone that has helped the station in the past 12 months. It has been an extremely busy time for Rhyl Lifeboat Station with our Shannon-class lifeboat appeal being launched as well as continuing our lifesaving service’.
He continued: 'Well done to the volunteers that received an award on the night, it was truly deserved and showcases the talent and dedication we have from our team in Rhyl'.
Key facts about the RNLI
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, in a normal year, 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.