RNLI thanks fundraising president

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By Prue_Reid | Thursday, March 07, 2013, 17:09

WESTON-SUPER-MARE RNLI fundraising president Ken Lacey was presented with a certificate and photograph to mark his 18 years at the helm of the organisation.

Mr Lacey, who has been president of the fundraising group for nearly two decades, was presented with a certificate and a signed photograph of the RNLI lifeboats signed by all the volunteers and crew and fundraising branch at the RNLI's fundraising branch annual meeting.

The meeting reviewed the activities of the fundraising branch and detailed its plans for the future.

It began with a talk by Mr Lacey who spoke about how proud he was to be associated with the RNLI.

He was then presented by David Nichols, the regional fundraising manager, with a certificate signed by the RNLI chief executive Paul Bossier. 

Mr Lacey was also presented with a picture of the two Weston Lifeboats signed by the volunteers of the crew on Birnbeck Island and the fundraisers.

Chairman, Peter Elmont, thanked Ken for all the work he had done for the RNLI.

He then went on to review the year which included the lifeboat pull along the prom and Lifeboat Week.

Although the amount raised was slightly down on 2011 this was due to the atrocious weather preventing sight seers coming to Weston and the difficult financial conditions.

Mr Elmont said: 'These are difficult times but we are weathering the storm.

"All of the costs of providing our emergency service have to be met from donations and other fund raising."

The next year will be even more exciting with an Emergency Services 999 Day, the Newfoundland dogs demonstrations and a helicopter display as well as the usual Lifeboat Pull, Lifeboat week and the raft race.

All of the speakers stressed how the success in Weston was due both to the efforts of the fundraisers and also the involvement of the volunteers from the crew who took part in as many events as they could. 

It was announced that Weston-super-Mare fundraising branch had come in the top ten of all UK branches for the amount raised. 

The evening was rounded off by a presentation in pictures and video of the work of Weston RNLI Station as well as the work of the fund raisers.

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