Praise for Arran RNLI helmsman
Tim Crockett has recently had his outstanding service to the RNLI recognised and celebrated.
Tim has been a member of the crew at Arran RNLI for 10 years, and in addition to the life saving work he undertakes whenever the pager goes off, he also plays a large role in the local community. Through his work at the Calmac terminal in Brodick Tim has led the charge on ensuring the public are aware of vital sea safety messages through the RNLI information posted throughout the terminal and has worked closely with the team at Calmac to drive fundraising on site in Brodick.
Tim Crockett said, “It’s a great privilege to be recognised by the institution for the volunteering that I’ve been conducting over the years. I could only have done it with the support from the station, members of the institution and members of the public.
I feel that we are in a unique position where we can spread the advice of the RNLI to the public. Being an island that is widely visited year on year, I am in a fortunate position to spread the word when visitors come onto the island from the mainland at Brodick ferry terminal. Over the last two years, with support from my colleagues and members of the station, we have managed to raise awareness of the Respect The Water campaign which the RNLI has been running for the last for five years. In this time, we have also managed to raise £4000 for the RNLI which is immensely rewarding!
The award is also in recognition for a document that I took the lead in developing last year. The document is used to train crew about the island’s waters, developing their local knowledge. I spent approximately 4 to 5 months researching, photographing and cataloguing the waters around Arran for the first draft. With support from Martin Wood and Sam Bourne, it was finished in the early half of this year and is already being used in crew training.
I am truly humbled to receive the award and look forward to continuing volunteering at the station.”.
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.