Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Rye Harbour Volunteers awarded RNLI's Gold Badge

Copyright Andrew Tollett 2014
(left to right): Jean Brown, Wendy Barnes, Margaret Stoodley & Betty Broocks
Volunteers Betty Broocks, Margaret Stoodley, Jean Brown and Wendy Barnes Fundraising Committee Members at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station attended the RNLIs Annual Presentation of Awards on Thursday 22 May at the Barbican, where they were each awarded with the RNLIs Gold Badge in recognition of their long and devoted service with Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Branch.

The Badges were awarded by Mark Criddle, Coxswain of Torbay Lifeboat, who was awarded the RNLI Silver Medal for gallantry in 2008 after rescuing eight members of the crew from the cargo ship ‘Ice Prince’.

Betty joined in March 1984 but had been actively involved at the lifeboat station since it was reopened in 1966.  Her husband Terry was one of the helmsmen of the then D Class Lifeboat.

Margaret joined on 1 August 1985. Being part of the fundraising committee at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station and also serving on the Rye and Winchelsea District Branch committee.

Jean joined on 14 October 1985 when there was a drive to raise money for a new lifeboat house and to raise money for much needed equipment.

Wendy joined the Rye and Winchelsea District Branch committee in 1986 and then joined Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station helping to establish the now Fundraising Team.

Steve Tollett, Chairman Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Branch said “It’s amazing to think that these 4 exceptional ladies have collectively contributed over 116 years of voluntary service to the RNLI.  

They have faced all the elements in their efforts to raise much needed funds to help run the RNLI, as well as supporting the crew throughout the night when out on shouts or doing their 24 hour fund raising events.

On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations to Betty, Margaret, Jean and Wendy on their award.

In 2013 £51.7 M was fund raised by the RNLI's 20,000 volunteer Community Fundraisers, which went towards the £144.6 M it costs to run the RNLI."