Excellence in Volunteering - Dave Riley - Poole Lifeboat Station

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We are very fortune to have Dave as a volunteer here at Poole as his professional skills within the HQ media department are utilised to the fullest, though we do reciprocate by providing stunt doubles and none- equity card holding actors, that don’t require hair and make up, for his many productions

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Dave Riley and Paul Glatzel

Dave was awarded an RNLI Excellence in Volunteering award by our LOM Paul Glatzel on behalf of the The RNLI Chairman and Council to thank him for his efforts on facilitating the Saving Lives at Sea team.

The series raises the RNLI profile and showcases our diverse volunteer workforce making it more accessible for the public to experience what we do, save lives at sea and how it impacts on the people we rescue.

The viewing figures are a testament to Dave and his team’s hard work.

We know that the footage we have captured at Poole have raised our profile through social media, it is also used for training purposes and for the visits.


As long as we remember to turn the cameras on when we launch and charge the batteries ‘Smiley Riley’ is happy.

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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 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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