Porthcawl RNLI Volunteers Receive Long Service Recognition
Nine Porthcawl volunteers recently received RNLI long service medals, each for in excess of twenty years of service to the Charity. In a socially distanced ceremony each volunteer was presented with an RNLI Long Service Medal from Station President, Peter Scott.
Those presented with long service medals were:
Philip Missen MBE, Lifeboat Operations Manager.
Ian Stroud, Station Chair and Deputy Press Officer.
Stephen Jones, Deputy Launch Authority.
Aileen Jones MBE, Deputy Launch Authority.
Tim Morgan, Deputy Launch Authority.
Stephen Knipe, Deputy Launch Authority.
Carl Evans, Senior Helm.
Andrew Walmsley, Helm.
Alex Denny, Helm.
Peter congratulated and thanked each of the medal recipients for their dedication. The group had accumulated over 200 years of volunteering between them over the years. Peter also gave a big thank you to partners and families for their patience and understanding for those that received the medals time to volunteer.
Philip Missen said, ‘In what has been a challenging year for us all, covid has impacted significantly on our fund-raising activity. Whilst our training exercises have been reduced we have maintained our dedication to launching to any casualty in our patch. Crews had responded so far to over 50 callouts during lockdown’.
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.