Posthumous award for long-serving RNLI crew and fundraiser.

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David Mottram served as a part of Rhyl lifeboat crew since the 1960's, and then moved to Llandudno where he kept up his fundraising efforts at both stations.

Peter Dean (fundraising chair) hands service medal to David's son, Anthony.

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Posthumous award to David Mottram at Rhyl
David served on the shore crew at Rhyl despite having walking difficulties from a young age. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the RNLI and volunteered his services to help launch and recover the lifeboats at Rhyl. He was also very active on the fundraising side, and was made a vice-president of the Rhyl branch over 10 years ago. He could often be seen shaking the collecting boxes at many events in the Rhyl, Llandudno and surrounding areas of North Wales.
David had been nominated for his 60-year service medal before Christmas 2020, but he sadly passed away in the New Year of 2021. After consultation with the RNLI at Poole headquarters, it was agreed to award the long-service medal posthumously. The medal duly arrived and was delivered to Peter Dean, chair of the Rhyl fundraisers.
The medal and service certificate was handed to David's son Anthony at a special presentation in front of Rhyl lifeboat station. Due to Covid rules, the presentation took place outside, in front of the doors of the station.
The photos show
Main - Anthony being presented with his father's medal by Peter Dean, Rhyl RNLI fundraisers chair
second - Anthony and his wide Carol with the medal and a photo of David with family
third - David (front-left) helping to recover the relief lifeboat Lucy Lavers at a flag day at Rhyl in the 1970's
For over 60 years' service to the RNLI

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Anthony Mottram and his wife Carol with his father's posthumous long-service medal
David (left of picture) as shore crew at Rhyl in the 1960's

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

60-yeaars long service medal to David Mottram (deceased)

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