Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteers recognised at London awards dinner

Lifeboats News Release

Seven volunteers from Walton and Frinton RNLI have travelled to London for the Excellence in Volunteering awards at the historic Guildhall.

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Walton and Frinton team l to r: Philip Oxley, Trevor Halls, Ricky Farrance, Simon Berry, Kevin Bruce, Richard Wyatt and Kevin Leech

The awards, which were hosted by RNLI Chairman Stuart Popham, recognise those in the community who have 'gone the extra mile for the RNLI'.

The group, who have clocked up more than 225 years of volunteering for the RNLI between them, were led by the station's Chairman, Philip Oxley. Philip was recognised for more than 53 years of service at the station in roles ranging from Launcher to Lifeboat Operations Manager before becoming Chairman in 2018.

Coxswain Trevor Halls and 2nd Coxswain Ricky Farrance both received major long service awards with Trevor clocking up 40 years with the RNLI and Ricky 30 years.

The volunteer mechanic team were honoured for giving up their own time over a period of 12 months when the station's full-time mechanic was not available. Kevin Bruce, Richard Wyatt, Simon Berry and Kevin Leech co-ordinated to ensure that one of them remained within a few minutes of the station at all times day and night. This meant major disruption to their work, family and social lives for a period of 12 months to keep the station operational and the boat fully maintained. The RNLI recognised their 'tireless efforts and selflessness which ensured the lifeboat remained an effective lifesaving asset during this period.'

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, Graeme Richardson said: 'the awards are so deserved, and barely begin to recognise the effort and service these volunteers have made over decades. The station is a better place, and the town is safer because of them.'

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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The Walton and Frinton team with their partners.

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