Ramsey RNLI fundraiser retires after more than 30 years of loyal service
Mrs Mary Page, a long serving member of Ramsey Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild, is stepping down after over 30 years of dedicated fundraising for the RNLI.
At a celebratory luncheon held in her honour last week, Wednesday 3 April, her Guild colleagues gathered to say thank you and present Mary with two beautiful rose bushes for her garden.
Mary joined the Ramsey Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild in 1986 after retiring to Ramsey with her husband, the late Mr Derek Page. In 1988 she was elected Secretary for the Guild. Derek became a member and eventually chairman of Ramsey RNLI Branch Committee. Mary and Derek worked indefatigably as a team raising funds for the RNLI charity until Derek sadly passed away in 2004. Mary passionately carried on with the lifesaving work and was elected Chairman of Ramsey Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild in 2005.
Mrs Judy James is a long serving member of the Guild and has known Mary for many years. She said: ‘Volunteers like Mary are the lifeblood of the RNLI. Her commitment is exemplary and inspirational. She was awarded a Silver Medal in 1998, a Gold Medal in 2009 and a bar to this Gold medal in 2016. These awards were well deserved and acknowledge Mary’s dedication. She has worked tirelessly to raise both funds and the RNLI charity’s profile. Without people like Mary Page the RNLI’s lifesaving work could not continue.’
Ramsey Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild has been part of the Ramsey community and the RNLI for 106 years. It formed originally in 1913 as the Ramsey Ladies’ Auxiliary. During 1926 it evolved into the Ramsey Ladies’ Guild and finally in 1927 it became the Ramsey Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild.
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.