Long service awards at Swanage RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

This March saw the achievements of Captain Neil Hardy MBE and Steve Williams recognised with long service awards.

Captain Neil Hardy MBE


Captain Neil Hardy MBE with wife Maggie accepting award from Seb Pinkard

Captain Neil Hardy MBE was recognised with an award for 30 years service to the Swanage RNLI. The award being presented on-board the Swanage all-weather lifeboat with wife Maggie by the Area Lifesaving Manager Seb Pinkard. The volunteering started with Neil taking up the position of Deputy Launch Authority before moving up to the position of Hon Secretary which became Lifeboat Operations Manager. In his time with Swanage he has successfully managed several lifeboats, a complete rebuild of the station and many volunteers.

Steve was presented his 20 years service award during this years AGM. His volunteering has seen him progress to senior helm on the inshore lifeboat as well as crew on the all-weather lifeboat. Although he has now stopped serving on the inshore lifeboat his volunteering has continued on the all-weather lifeboat. He has now taken the additional role of training officer at Swanage lifeboat station.

Coxswain, Dave Turnbull, said: “Our thanks go to Neil and Steve for their many years of service. Long service awards always show the extraordinary commitment, which can be very demanding at times. The time and dedication given by our volunteers is out of choice and only made possible thanks to the support of their families. I’m proud we have so many volunteers who continue to serve the Swanage RNLI”


Notes to Editors

Photos shows Swanage RNLI volunteer Captain Neil Hardy MBE accompanied by his wife receiving award from Area Lifesaving Manager Seb Pinkard and Steve Williams with wife Janice accepting the award, credit RNLI

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For more information please telephone Roydon Woodford, Swanage RNLI Volunteer Deputy Press Officer on 07542 942022 or at dlpo@swanagelifeboat.org.uk

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Steve Williams with wife Janice accepting award


Steve Williams with wife Janice accepting award

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