Proud day for RNLI Salcombe volunteer Andrew Arthur
Andrew was chosen to represent Salcombe RNLI at the Prince of Wales 70th birthday celebrations for the charities of which he is a Patron as well as his Military Affiliations.
Nominated by RNLI Headquarters, Andrew who volunteers as Deputy Launching Authority and treasurer at Salcombe RNLI, attended the Garden Party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 22 May. Andrew said 'It was an honour and privilege to attend such an event; it was very humbling to be in the presence of so many wonderful charities and one of the memories that will remain with me for the rest of my life.
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.