Poole Museum volunteer recognised for volunteer commitment

Lifeboats News Release

Gaynor epitomes all that is good about a Lifeboat volunteer, she has been a lynch pin at the Old Lifeboat Museum as long as we can remember, fuelled by her passion for Lifeboats, having grown up on the coast during the war in Cornwall (where there are real seas).

RNLI/John Earnshaw

Gaynor with Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Glatzel
Gaynor is infectious, generous with her time and just lovely, a comment in the visitor’s book backs this up it said;

'Very Interesting and the lovely lady in the shop was kind and welcoming' We know it was Gaynor as we checked the rota but it could have been written about any of the ladies on our Museum crew.

One of Gaynor’s missions is to give every child that enters the museum a positive experience, a memento of their visit by giving them a sticker or a paper RNLI flag, so they leave with a smile on their face.

The museum is a very important part of the stations history and Gaynor’s enthusiasm and willingness to help out, cover shifts, keeping the doors open, whilst enduring extreme conditions is admirable especially when the South westerly winds howl through the slipway doors.

It was a privilege for our LOM Paul Glatzel to present Gaynor with her own special memento, a keepsake framed picture and letter of thanks, to express how much we appreciate all of her many years of support and warm welcome to the thousands of visitors at the museum.

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