Withernsea volunteer presented with certificate of service after 11 years

Lifeboats News Release

Victoria Ann Wilkinson, who left her role as crew member on the inshore lifeboat Henley Eight last year, was welcomed back to Withernsea Lifeboat station this week to receive her certificate of service award.

RNLI/Rachel Gowen

Victoria receiving her certificate of service

Victoria was presented with her 'thank you' on behalf of the RNLI by Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) of Withernsea station Martin Woodhouse, recognising the volunteering commitment she made from 2007 – 2018, Martin was pleased to say: 'A big thank you from all of us here at Withernsea for the 11 years of volunteering not only on the crew but also helping behind the scenes fundraising, a role she intends to continue.'

During her time volunteering for the charity that saves lives at sea, Vicki was a big part of the team, after joining in 2007 she completed her training plan, became one of the station's launch vehicle drivers and also was helping out with fundraising events and supported the fundraising team whenever she could.

An interesting fact about her time with the RNLI is that Vicki took part in along with her fellow crew members, the last ever training session with the Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield, and was the last crew member from Withernsea to be winched into the helicopter before its decommission.

On behalf of the RNLI and Withernsea lifeboat station the team wishes Vicki all the best for the future.

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