Tributes to Dedicated Lifeboat Lady

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead lifeboat station are sad to announce that Mrs. Mabel Self MBE, a much-loved local lady, who served the RNLI and local community for decades, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning (April 19th) after a short period of ill health.


Mabel Self, who has passed away aged 96.

Mabel, who was 96 years old, had only recently stepped down from her duties at the station shop, where she had been a dedicated volunteer since it opened in 2005 (and before that she fulfilled many other duties).

Mabel started her fundraising for the charity almost 50 years ago, and over the decades she became a much-loved member of not just the lifeboat station, but the community as a whole. Her dedication to the RNLI was second to none. She received an MBE for her services to the Holyhead Ladies Lifeboat Guild, and was also made an Honorary Life Governor of the RNLI for her tireless commitment to the charity over so many years.

Holyhead coxswain Tony Price described her as ‘a fantastic part of the team here’ and commended her for her ‘long and valuable service.’ He remembered how, in her 70’s, she travelled across to a fundraising event in nearby Llanfwrog in the inshore lifeboat, and loved every second! She never lost her zest for life; last October, aged 95, she travelled with members of the crew to Barmouth, for the naming of their new lifeboat, named after crewman Craig Steadman, who tragically lost his life in a road accident.

Mabel was also famed for her kindness and wonderful catering skills; from her yearly buffets for the crew on New Year’s Day, to her famous bara brith.

The RNLI’s regional manager Stuart Wallace said:

‘I know how much a part of the Holyhead Lifeboat family she was and my thoughts are very much with her family and the Holyhead lifeboat family.’

The RNLI flag at the station was lowered to fly at half-mast as a mark of respect.

Will Parry

Mabel Self

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