A total of five people from across West Sussex were presented with their awards at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution south east regional awards ceremony held on June 5th. The supporters were all members of RNLI fundraising branches in the county, including Selsey, Angmering, Rustington, East Preston, Horsham and District Branches and Shoreham Lifeboat Society. They were each given the RNLI Bronze Award.
The charity’s south east regional awards ceremony took place at the RNLI’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset, and is held to pay tribute to those who give up their time to help raise the voluntary contributions that the RNLI relies upon to continue saving lives at sea. Sally Hilton, Fundraising and Communications Manager for the RNLI south east, said: These awards recognise a variety of achievements among our dedicated volunteer supporters. As a charity we could not continue saving lives at sea if it were not for volunteers who do their best to raise the vital funds we need.’
Among those presented with an award was our own Roz Bonham, Chairman of Selsey Lifeboat Association, congratulations Roz! Roz said ‘It was a very proud moment. I have been fundraising for ten years and this is my first award. I run the lifeboat shop here in Selsey with 25 ladies and their husbands. Without donations from the public the lifeboat service would not exist. We hold garage sales and run coffee mornings as well. This award is for all members of the association.
Volunteer lifeboat Crew members from Selsey, Max Gilligan and Colin Pullinger, were at the ceremony to congratulate the recipients, while Martin Rudwick, Coxswain at the station, was presenting the awards this year. Martin said: ‘The awards ceremony is all about thanking those volunteers who have given away their own time and consistently shown immense support for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
‘I was honoured to be asked because this is one side of the RNLI’s work that we, as Crew, don’t always get to see; the time and effort spent on raising funds than enable us to launch our Lifeboats in the first place.’