Degree of success for Walmer RNLI volunteer

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A Walmer RNLI volunteer recently received her Degree Certificate after qualifying as a paramedic.

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Fellow RNLI volunteers, friends and family recently sent their congratulations to Walmer crew member Kelsey Coe who received her Bachelor of Science Honours Programme in Paramedic Science, in which she achieved a 2:1, at the ceremony the Old Royal Naval College Chapel at the University of Greenwich, Greenwich Campus on Tuesday, 26 October.

Kelsey went to university straight from school. She said, ‘I had long harboured an ambition to do something medical as my career but it was at the age of 15 that I decided upon becoming a paramedic as it was a combination of the different medical fields in which I had an interest.’

Her three-year course was made even more challenging as it was partly undertaken during height of the Covid pandemic. Kelsey becomes operational in mid-November out of Thanet with the South-East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb.) She is currently undergoing her blue-light driving and transition to practice courses.

Kelsey also currently also volunteers at Gravesend RNLI and hopes to be able to continue serving with both stations as long as she can.


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Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry

Photo 1 Kelsey Coe kitted up after exercise and dressed receiving her degree.

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