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The RNLI recognises one of Newquay’s stalwart fundraising volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Agnes Clemens has volunteered for Newquay RNLI for several decades and has recently been presented with the lifesaving charity’s 40-year service award by Community Manager, Andy Bramwell.

Andy Bramwell presenting Agnes Clemens with her 40 year service award

Elizabeth Carne

Agnes Clemens and Andy Bramwell
Richard Clemens, Agnes’ late husband came from a long line of Newquay Lifeboat volunteers, his own father was bowman on the James Stevens No 5 which was wrecked in 1917.

In 1979, Richard became involved in the local committee and had various roles over the following years including Newquay Lifeboat President. It was of course inevitable that Agnes was soon asked to join Newquay Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

Agnes joined the RNLI as a volunteer back in 1981 and took an active part in fundraising events, including coffee mornings, carnival entries and concerts. She is a regular volunteer in the lifeboat shop and is looking forward to this summer when she will be back on duty. The Clemens family tradition continues with Agnes’ daughter and grandson who also regularly volunteer at the lifeboat station and shop.

Andy Bramwell said: ‘I was honoured to present Agnes with her 40-year award on behalf of the RNLI. She’s a great ambassador for Newquay lifeboat and is still going strong. I’ll look forward to seeing her at Lifeboat Day this summer’.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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