Triple retirement at Flint RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI’s Lifeboat Press Officer Richard Polden has retired after 40 years of service to the RNLI, spending the last 10 years’ as Flint RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer.

RNLI/Carly McCarthy

Richard Polden being presented his certificate of service by Danielle Rush, Regional Media Manager

Richard Polden has given 10 years’ service to Flint RNLI, working closely with the RNLI’s press office at Poole headquarters and the regional office in St Asaph, reporting on all the stories and call-outs to the local media, and keeping them up to date with all goings on at the station.

Alan Forrester, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We would like to thank Richard for all his hard work over the years promoting the work of Flint RNLI and I wish him all the best for his retirement from volunteering life.’

Kath ‘The Cake’ Williams, Box secretary and Gareth Williams, Fundraising Chairman also retired from the fundraising team at the beginning of the year. Kath and Gareth have helped raise funds for Flint RNLI assisting with many fundraising events and responsible for the lifeboat collection boxes throughout the local area.

Sam Morton Roberts, Fundraising Secretary says: ‘On behalf of all the fundraising team we would like to thank Kath and Gareth for many years of fundraising efforts and dedication to Flint RNLI which have been very much appreciated.’

Notes to editors   
Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to   
Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launched over 700 times, saved 103 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.     
Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247   

RNLI media contacts  

For more information contact Carly McCarthy and Aby Norwood Flint RNLI volunteer press officers, on [email protected] or [email protected]. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07771 941390 or RNLI Press Office 01202 336789.  

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