Newbiggin Lifeboat Volunteer Award

Lifeboats News Release

A lifeboat volunteer at Newbiggin has been recognised with a special award after 20 years of voluntary service.

Rod (left) receives the award off ALM Carl Harris

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Award Presentation
Rod Slaughter received the award in recognition of his voluntary time at Newbiggin where he has undertaken various roles including lifeboat crew, lifeboat helmsman, deputy launching authority, lifeboat training coordinator and also his current role in shorecrew / tractor driver.

Rod was presented with the RNLI Commemorative 20 year long service badge by Carl Harris the RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager at the boathouse recently.

The award is also particularly pertinent during this month when the RNLI is celebrating the lifeboat volunteers. Our volunteers are at the heart of the RNLI. Without all our volunteers – fundraisers, education presenters, shop, community safety, museum, crew members, lifeguards, and others – the RNLI wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea. Volunteers deserve recognition for the incredible contribution they make.

Carl Harris RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager said “The RNLI depends totally on the generosity of individuals; whether it is our crew, our donors, fundraisers or staff. In particular, as part of the Newbiggin Lifeboat Station Rod has played a vital role in the continuing success of the RNLI. It is a wonderful thought that there are many people safe at home with their families due to Rod’s selfless commitment to the RNLI over the last 20 years. We know that this length of service would not have been possible for Rod without the support of his family and friends and we are grateful to them for allowing us to have had your time.”


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website. Award image to be published soon.

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