Blackpool RNLI volunteers pay tribute to former volunteer

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool RNLI volunteers have been paying tribute to former volunteer Colin Fenton. Colin, who volunteered as the lifeboat station’s treasurer for an incredible 50 years, passed away earlier this month.

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Colin Fenton receiving his RNLI gold badge for voluntary service

Colin Fenton served as volunteer Treasurer at Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station from 1966 to 2017; he took his commitment to the RNLI very seriously and dedicated 50 years of his life to the charity, managing donations with diligence and care.

Colin routinely went above and beyond what was asked of him in his voluntary role at Blackpool RNLI, he carried out all of the routine duties of a lifeboat station Treasurer but over the years, he also sent hundreds of personal, handwritten thank you letters to people who made donations to the lifeboat station.

Colin passed away on Monday 4 May 2020 after a long and brave battle with illness.

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Keith Horrocks MBE said: ‘Colin was a stalwart member of our lifeboat station family, he carried out his role with dedication and care, but he was also a loyal and kind friend to us all. We will miss him.’

Volunteer Chairman, Ian Butter added: ‘We would like to offer our very sincere condolences to Colin’s family at this sad time, he was an exemplary RNLI volunteer and we will remember him fondly.’

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For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool on 01253 508603 or 07917091948.

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Stalwart RNLI volunteer Colin Fenton

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