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Clacton RNLI fundraising chair receives award

Lifeboats News Release

Long standing supporter and chair person of the RNLI Clacton fundraising committee, Peter Edwards has been awarded the prestigious British Citizens Award for his outstanding contribution to his charity work.

RNLI Clacton - Peter Edwards (centre back) with RNLI fundraising volunteers and community members

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton - Peter Edwards (centre back) with RNLI fundraising volunteers and community members

The BCAv, an organisation that highlights individuals who have extensively contributed to fund raising, charitable giving or devoted time and energy on a voluntary basis to a given or selection of charities.

Peter Edwards has volunteered for the Clacton RNLI for the last 50 years in a variety of roles, in addition to having a family and full-time job. He has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years by organising and running coffee mornings, fund raising events, quiz nights, souvenir stalls, attending fetes and he manages the fundraising shop at the local boathouse.

Peter has organised flag days and supermarket collections and even though he will be 80 this year, he shows no sign of slowing down. He is well known with the volunteer crew and committee and all colleagues within the RNLI and is highly thought of within the community.

As well as volunteering and fundraising himself, Peter engages with all volunteers and encourages the community to get involved with such an important aspect of life, living by the sea. Being a volunteer for the RNLI encompasses so many different aspects, maintaining the lifeboats, water safety training, keeping beaches safe and assisting in flood areas with other emergency services. Peter has been involved for over 50 years, dedicated to keeping his community safe and ensuring the upkeep of the RNLI station as well as raising funds for this much needed service.

David Wells, Lifeboat Operations Manager added “Peter has a huge amount of energy, enthusiasm and drive that has helped him raise countless thousands of pounds in donations over the years. These funds have always gone directly to provide life saving equipment for our crews. This award is recoginition of the hard work and dedication that Peter has shown, and I am sure, will continue to show in the future. Thank you Peter, you richly deserve this award.”

On behalf of everyone at RNLI Clacton, we would like to congratulate and thank Peter for his past and continued support of the lifeboat station.

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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