Weston-super-Mare RNLI volunteer recognised in Queen’s New Years’ Honours

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Peter Elmont, Weston-super-Mare RNLI Fundraising Branch Chair, has been awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen’s 2020 New Years’ Honours List.

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Peter Elmont Chair of Weston-super-Mare RNLI fundraisers

The award is in honour of his 26 years with the charity and his driven fundraising efforts to exceed targets to achieve over £800,000 in three years.

Peter, who has volunteered with the RNLI for more than 25 years becoming Chair of the Weston RNLI fundraiser in 2011, is a great motivator to old and new committee members and encourages them to be more ambitious in their fundraising.

Peter has championed the appeal for a new lifeboat station and set an ambitious target of raising £300,000 in three years. After just two years, the milestone target was passed, and total funds raised now stand at an incredible £820,000. In 2019, Peter received a Cabinet Office Point of Light award.

Always looking for new ideas to fundraise, Peter visited Swanage Lifeboat Station Open Week and set about organising a Lifeboat Week at Weston. Doing much of the initial start-up work himself he also engaged with local businesses for support. One event in particular during the week raised over £16,000 in one evening.

Due to his tireless efforts, the lifeboat station appeal total continues to grow and he has now set himself a staggering target of reaching the £1M mark.

He and his wife Bridget also run the very successful RNLI Shop which they both worked exceedingly hard to move from its old premises at Anchor Head to the new one site at the Cove at the Marine Lake.

Peter said: ‘I am absolutely proud as punch. I’m ever so glad for the station at Weston-super-Mare that the entire fundraising team has been recognised for their effort during my time as Chair over the last nine years. This award would not have been possible without the support of my wife, Bridget, who is also the Weston-super-Mare Shop Manager and my rock.

Peter will be presented with his medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset. He will then be invited to a Royal Garden Party when circumstances allow.

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 Peter 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.’

Don Sutherland, Chair of Weston RNLI Lifeboat Management Group says,’ Peter is a source of inspiration to us all. He knows everybody, works all hours and is one of the reasons Weston RNLI is in such good health. He thoroughly deserves this honour’

Notes to Editors

- Please see an image of Peter Elmont Weston-super-Mare RNLI Fundraising Branch Chair is has been awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen’s 2020 New Years’ Honours List credit RNLI/Glyn Hayes

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