The Lizard RNLI volunteer recognised in Queen’s New Years’ Honours
Edward Nuzum, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at The Lizard, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s 2020 New Years’ Honours List. The award is in honour in recognition Edward’s efficient running of the station and smooth implementation of changes over the last 15 years
Originally joining the RNLI at The Lizard Lifeboat Station in 2005 as a Deputy Launching Authority, Edward, also known as Ned, soon progressed to volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) in 2010.
He was personally responsible for ensuring the transition from a 14-knot to a 25-knot lifeboat was conducted in a manner that satisfied both the maritime standards of the RNLI and the ability of the crew, enhancing their skills and levels of professionalism. He organised the station into operating from two temporary facilities and subsequently, the newly built lifeboat station ensuring lifesaving capability was maintained.
Edward is also a driving force behind the Lifeboat Management Group and is heavily involved with local fundraising teams and supporters. He is at the heart of the local community and works tirelessly to promote the RNLI at every opportunity. He recently arranged for a young supporter to be recognised and thanked by arranging a special visit to the RNLI All-weather Lifeboat Centre for them.
Edward said: ‘News of this honour was a combination of sheer surprise and personal delight. It is also a worthy recognition and a big salute to the unwavering commitment and support I receive in my role from a marvellous team, almost 80 strong here at The Lizard Lifeboat Station. Collectively we’ve championed considerable change and overcome many challenges together over the past decade with astonishing enthusiasm and unquestionable determination from all our volunteers. I’m absolutely thrilled and I sincerely thank them all.’
Nationally, a total of six Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers have been recognised for their vital role in helping the charity save lives at sea through the New Year’s Honours. RNLI Chief Executive, Mark Dowie commented on Edward’s and the five other RNLI volunteers recognised in the New Years Honours list, he said:
‘Following a challenging 2020, it is particularly pleasing to see these RNLI volunteers recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Together, they personify the RNLI’s ‘One Crew’ ethos, representing the variety and diversity of roles from a former full-time mechanic to shore crew and fundraisers to station managers, who collectively deliver a shared vision to save every one. On behalf of everyone at the RNLI, congratulations to you all for being recognised for your longstanding service, hard work and selfless commitment. And thank you for everything you do to help the RNLI save lives at sea.’
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- Please see an image of Edward Nuzum, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at The Lizard, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s 2020 New Years’ Honours List - credit The Lizard/RNLI
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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.