Founding members of South Bristol RNLI branch awarded long service recognition

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Five of the founding members of South Bristol RNLI branch have recently been awarded with a 20 years long service award. The branch was founded in 1995 and these five core members have been involved since the beginning.

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Paul Churchill - RNLI South Bristol branch

Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of our people. The founding members of South Bristol RNLI branch have been committed to raising awareness of the charity for 25 years – organising events, arranging fundraising activity and having a passion for saving lives at sea.

Lin Hunt has been the treasurer of the branch since the beginning, and her husband Bob Hunt is a keen model maker. Bob has also supported the branch in many ways over the years, including being the main point of contact for deliveries and any RNLI stores equipment.

Alan Collier is the current vice-chairman and box secretary at the branch alongside his wife Hilary who was the secretary. Unfortunately, due to ill health Hilary has stepped down from this role but is still thoroughly involved with the branch supporting events and helping at collections.

Paul Churchill was the souvenir secretary and later became the branch chairman in 1998.

Gemma Baker, RNLI community manager says, ‘They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the charity and the RNLI is so grateful for their commitment and dedication.

‘Volunteers at branches such as theirs, operating up and down the country, increases vital donations to fund the training, development and equipment required for lifeboat crews and lifeguards to continue saving lives.’

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Lin & Bob Hunt - RNLI South Bristol branch

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Alan & Hilary Collier - RNLI South Bristol branch

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