Volunteer honoured

Lifeboat Award SUS-150721-125624001
Lifeboat Award SUS-150721-125624001

Volunteer Arthur Miles has been awarded a bronze medal by the RNLI for his dedication to Hastings lifeboat station.

Arthur joined the RNLI in 2002 and since then has undertaken the roles of chairman, vice chairman, assistant treasurer, shop volunteer and steward.

He continues in the roles of vice chairman, assistant treasurer and shop volunteer.

Arthur said: “I am proud to be part of the team at Hastings Lifeboat.”

Arthur was among 40 volunteers in London and the South East who have dedicated their time to raise funds to help save lives at sea and on the River Thames.

The awards celebrated the hard work and achievements of volunteers in all areas of the charity’s work, including community fund raising, lifesaving, education, events and retail.

Awards were presented by Charles Hunter-Pease, Chairman of the RNLI, who said: ‘This ceremony has been a celebration of the difference that the dedicated and committed volunteers have all made to the lives of others.

“At our lifeboat stations here in the South East and London, our volunteer crews rescued more than 1,500 people in 2014. This adds up to an extraordinary achievement for our lifesavers – and a life-changing moment for every single person they brought to safety.

“Meanwhile our fund raisers in the UK and Ireland made a massive contribution of their own – £58 million in fund raised voluntary income last year. Our incredibly supportive donors parted with their own money to support and save people they will probably never meet. And our dedicated volunteers gave up their time to raise awareness, raise funds and head to the rescue.’

Last year, lifeboats in the South East region including rescued 1,610 people and saved 66 people’s lives.

One fund raiser, Steve Gill. raised £25,000 by running 52 marathons in 52 weeks.

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