Volunteering award for Flamborough RNLI fundraisers

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough lifeboat supporters Christine and Clive Merry have been awarded with the RNLI 'Excellence in volunteering' award.

Christine and Clive Merry receiving the Excellence in Volunteering award from supporters chairperson Pat Toft.

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Award being presented by chairperson Pat Toft.

Christine and Clive Merry, who have been fundraising in aid of Flamborough RNLI from 2014 to the end of 2018 have been recognised by the RNLI in the form of the Excellence in Volunteering award.

The award was presented to the couple by Flamborough Lifeboat Supporters chairperson Pat Toft on Wednesday 24th April.

During the four years spent fundraising for Flamborough RNLI the couple have raised over £12,000.00 collecting at various venues and events in the Rotherham and Sheffield area where they live. In edition to direct fundraising such as organising race nights and collecting at local stores, Christine and Clive have raised £2,300 selling RNLI souvenirs through having stalls at a number of events in the area.

Clive also volunteers as an RNLI Education Presenter visiting many schools and community groups to raise awareness of water safety and the work of the RNLI.

The couple are now fundraising on behalf of Cleethorpes RNLI where they have hit the ground running with several successful events already under their belts.

Chairperson of Flamborough lifeboat supporters, Pat Toft said, "Flamborough RNLI were very grateful for all their hard work and support during the past four years and wish them well in their future endeavours"

Clive said they were very proud to receive the award and have many fond memories of working with Flamborough RNLI. He said that they give up all their spare time to fundraising and hope to be seen standing with a collection bucket for many years to come.


Cristine and Clive Merry with a group of fellow supporters.

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Group of Flamborough Lifeboat supporters at the presentation.

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