Special award for Hunstanton RNLI volunteer who is ‘an absolute star’

Lifeboats News Release

An ‘absolute star’ of an RNLI volunteer has been honoured with a special award.

Tony Bishopp

Kate Craven receives her special achievement award from Hunstanton Mayor Mike Ruston

The special Mayor’s Achievement Award was presented to Kate Craven, visits officer at Hunstanton RNLI Station by the Norfolk town’s mayor, Mike Ruston.

Kate was nominated by fellow volunteer Carol Smith for her work with Stormforce – a club which teaches children about water safety.

‘Kate is the most amazing and enthusiastic woman I have had the pleasure to volunteer with,’ she said.

‘In 2016, she started Stormforce at the RNLI station in Hunstanton. This is a kids’ club which runs during the school holidays.

‘Open to locals and visitors, children can bring their family with them to learn all about sea safety and the RNLI.

‘Since 2016 Kate has taught thousands of people the RNLI sea safety message. She also runs visits for schools and local children's clubs.

‘She is an absolute star for all her hard work as a volunteer. I am incredibly proud of her.’

Presenting the award on behalf of Hunstanton Town Council, Mr Ruston said: ‘Kate’s dedication is quite phenomenal.

‘You’ve got seven years of educating lots and lots of young children and their families about sea safety.’

Kate said: ‘It’s lovely for the work we’ve been doing for the community to be acknowledged.’

Notes to editors

· Please find a picture of Kate Craven receiving her award from Hunstanton Mayor, Mike Ruston and a picture of Kate with Mr Ruston, fellow RNLI volunteers and family members at the presentation at Hunstanton Town Hall. Please credit Tony Bishopp/Hunstanton Town Council.

· There’s also an image of Kate Craven doing a radio interview at Hunstanton Lifeboat Station. Please credit Chris Bishop/Hunstanton RNLI.

· Stormforce is running at the lifeboat station, on Sea Lane on Sundays from July 23 – August 29 (10.30am).

· Youngsters can meet the lifeboat crew, see the lifeboat and hovercraft, become a sea safety champion and get a book and a badge to take away.

· Suggested donation £2 (bring a grown-up).

RNLI media contacts

For more information please call Chris Bishop, Hunstanton RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07584 147219 or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641.

Tony Bishopp

Kate Craven (fifth from right) with Hunstanton Mayor Mike Ruston (seventh from right) at the presentation, along with family and members of the Hunstanton RNLI crew

RNLI/Chris Bishop

Kate Craven being interviewed about sea safety at Hunstanton Lifeboat Station

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