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Local Hero Award for Newbiggin Volunteer

Lifeboats News Release

Barbara Martin President of the Ladies Fundraising team at Newbiggin has recently been presented with the regional BBC 'Make a difference award'.

Presentation by the BBC

RNLI/Richard Martin

Barbara is presented with the award
Barbara aged 88 has been a dedicated volunteer at Newbiggin lifeboat station over the last 58 years and this year she was nominated for these special BBC awards. At a ceremony at the Durham Cricket Club she was awarded the 'Volunteer Award' for her outstanding service to the local community with her volunteering for the RNLI and other organisations in the village.

The BBC said 'We want to celebrate people who are going above and beyond to make a difference where you live.

The awards are a chance to say “Thank You” and show recognition and appreciation for people who love to make life better for others.

Winners have been selected by a panel of judges and awards will be given in each category, across each local BBC radio station.

The Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who makes a real difference to the community by giving up their time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause.

Winners have been selected by a panel of judges and awards will be given in each category, across each local BBC radio station.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website.

There were eight categories of awards at the event

RNLI/Richard Martin

The award winners are gathered together

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