Morecambe lifeboat volunteers’ long service recognised

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI has recently presented framed letters of thanks to two dedicated local volunteers; in recognition of over 20 years of service to the charity.

RNLI Shop Volunteers Maria (left) and Clara

RNLI/Colin Midwinter

RNLI Shop Volunteers Maria (left) and Clara

Clara Goodchild started volunteering in Morecambe’s lifeboat shop when it first opened in 1998 and only recently retired due to ill health. Maria Wardlow started a few months later and is still volunteering.

RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said ‘The dedicated volunteers who sacrifice their time to work in our shops make an enormous contribution to our charity’s ability to save lives at sea. Without the support of people like them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.’

Anyone who might consider volunteering in one of Morecambe’s two lifeboat shops can contact volunteer shop manager Jennifer Kay ([email protected]) to arrange an informal chat.

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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