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Award for retiring RNLI Worker

Lifeboats News Release

Diane Carrie was presented the Rhyl RNLI Award for support she has given the lifeboat station, during her 15 years working for the RNLI charity.

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Diane Carrie being presented with the David Benjamin Jones Award by Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Darrel Crowther

Diane worked for the RNLI in many roles during her time at the charity, but retired last week as the RNLI Lifesaving Support Team Manager for Wales and West. In this role Diane managed the team at the RNLI’s Divisional Base in St Asaph who supported all the lifeboat stations in Wales and the North West.

The David Benjamin Jones Memorial Award is given in memory of David, a young crew member at Rhyl Lifeboat station who passed away at a young age many years ago. The award is given to those who have, in the operational committee’s opinion, made a great contribution to the Rhyl Lifeboat Station and its volunteer crew.

The award is usually given during the station Annual Dinner, which was cancelled in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it was presented to Diane on her retirement.

Darrel Crowther Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manger said ‘Diane has been a huge asset to the RNLI in Wales over the last 15 years. She has held many roles during her time with the RNLI, but she has always worked tirelessly often well past normal hours to ensure stations and lifeboats remained operational. Diane has always been the first point of call when we needed something sorting or we've needed help. On top of this Diane has been a great friend to Rhyl station in particular, and has also helped out with fundraising at the station with helping with collections to baking cakes for our open day café, everyone at Rhyl would like to wish Diane a happy retirement, and thank her for all her help and support over the years’.

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