RNLI Gold Badges awarded for 50+ years dedicated fundraising for New Brighton

Lifeboats News Release 11/06/2015

  • Author: Bob Warwick

New Brighton lifeboat Chairman Tony Jones presented the RNLI’s Gold Badge award and Certificate of Thanks to Rita Richards & Selby Williams, both veteran fundraisers, in recognition of their dedication and support to the lifesaving charity.

Both are members of the New Brighton Lifeboat Fundraising Branch, previously known as the Wallasey Ladies Lifeboat Guild, who are dedicated to raising funds for the New Brighton lifeboat station through activities like collections and coffee mornings.

Mary Wright Secretary of the Branch commenting about Rita ‘ She joined as a Committee member in 1987 and is a long-standing and an incredibly appreciated member. She continues today as Souvenir Secretary and even though the souvenir boxes are getting heavier and heavier, she still happily holds the role for the branch. In addition to her role as Souvenir Secretary, in 2011 she took over the collection of 10 local collecting boxes rather than see them stop, to maximise income for the Guild and lifeboat station, she’s a fantastic and dedicated fundraiser! ‘

Mary then commented on Selby ‘She joined as a Committee member in 1986 and has been a invaluable member since. Her keen attention to detail and efficient organisational skills were swiftly recognised and for 24 years she held the role of Branch Treasurer reluctantly standing down in 2013 but continuing with us. She always kept us fully informed of our financial progress and could be relied upon for collections whatever the weather, a real trooper.’

Lifeboat station chairman Tony Jones said ‘ It was a great privilege for me to present these awards to Rita and Selby. Its dedication like theirs and thousands like them around the country that enables our charity carry out the work we do. Locally the work of the Guild, I am not used to their new title yet, is invaluable to our station as the money raised goes along way to help cover our substantial running costs and the contribution these two ladies have made over the years has been significant. Well done from all at the station.’

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