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Dedicated Whitby volunteers receive RNLI long service awards.

Lifeboats News Release

The awards were presented at a regional event at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.

Crew members Richard Dowson and Lee Harland stand beside a giant yellow welly


Crew members Richard Dowson and Lee Harland
Fundraisers Betty Bayliss and Cynthia Walker who have tirelessly raised money for Whitby RNLI received badges for 20 years of volunteering.

The pair have been committed members of the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat, organising and participating in many events over the years which have helped provide the charity with vital equipment and training.

Whitby RNLI's Coxswain Howard Fields said: Our family of fundraisers are as much a part of the RNLI as the crew, without them we simply wouldn't be able to operate and we are very grateful for all the time they give to the charity. Congratulations Betty and Cynthia.'

Two of Whitby's lifeboat crew members also received long service awards. Volunteer crew member Lee Harland joined the crew at 19, with over 22 years service under his belt, the RNLI were able to celebrate his award after a delay during the pandemic.

Station mechanic Richard Dowson also received an award for 20 years service. He said: 'It was great to be able to celebrate with our families and other RNLI volunteers. In 20 years your fellow volunteers become like family, so it was great to attend the event with Lee as well as the FOWLs Betty and Cynthia.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]

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Betty Bayliss with fellow volunteer Rosie Jones and RNLI's Sue Barnes who presented the award.


Richard Dowson with his 20 years long service badge


A silver long service badge

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