Poole volunteers attend awards celebration dinner

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 2nd November some of our volunteers battled the weather and delayed trains to join Stuart Popham, Chairman of RNLI, at the Excellence in Volunteering awards dinner at the Guildhall, London.


L-R, Jonathan Clark, Anne-Marie Clark, Debs Warren, Dave Riley, Suzie Jupp

Helms Suzie Jupp, Jonathan Clark, Dave Riley and Volunteer lifeboat press officer Anne-Marie Clark received and shared their framed awards earlier in the year at the Poole Lifeboat volunteers evening but were invited to London to join other awardees from the South at a special celebration dinner.

It was good to see fellow crew from Weymouth that had received awards, extra special this year as the station is celebrating their 150th anniversairy.

Other Poole and district fundraisers Dave and Gerald were in attendance they had been nominated and received Excellence in Volunteering awards also in the past year.

The RNLI Excellence in Volunteering are awarded by the RNLI Chairman and Council as a very special thank you to volunteers who go above and beyond.

Congratulations to all our recipients, outstanding ambassadors who everyday make a difference.


Poole volunteers are joined by others from around the coast


Tables laid out at the Guildhall.


A special evening for those receiving awards


Poole Helm Dave Riley and partner Debs Warren

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