RNLI fundraiser of 46 years celebrates her 100th Birthday
An RNLI volunteer who has been fundraising for the charity for 46 years, celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday last (15 August).
Pat Fisher who has been a stalwart committee member with the Haslingden RNLI Fundraising Branch, has raised thousands of pounds to help save lives at sea.
Alongside her 100th birthday, the RNLI is this year, awarding Pat a long service award in recognition of her work for over four and a half decades.
Pat who has held numerous roles at the branch including committee member, vice chair, chair - on two occasions, and most recently Branch President, was awarded the RNLI’s Gold Award for her long and devoted commitment to fundraising for the RNLI, in 2014.
Among Pat’s dedication to many charity events, she was heavily involved in the branch’s Strawberry Teas fundraising campaign which sees over 600 strawberry tea lunches delivered to the local community each year. Pat has also helped organise numerous coffee mornings and other fundraising events.
Speaking on her 100th birthday, Ryan Preece, RNLI Community Manager said Pat could be proud of everything she had achieved: ‘On behalf of the RNLI, I would like to wish Pat a very happy 100th birthday. We are so proud of her achievements and think it is fitting in her 100th year that she is recognised with another long service award. We want to send her our good wishes for this milestone birthday and sincerely thank Pat for her many, many years of hard work and selfless dedication to saving lives at sea.
‘As a charity, we rely on donations to power our lifesaving work. We can only continue to save lives now, and in the future, thanks to the generosity of wonderful fundraising volunteers such as Pat’.
Key facts about the RNLI
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, in a normal year, 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.