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Three volunteers at Dungeness lifeboat station are recognised in the RNLI’s new ‘Excellence in Volunteering’ Awards

Deputy second coxswain Mark Richardson, lifeboat press officer Judith Richardson and deputy launching authority Simon Newman were recognised by the RNLI for going the extra mile in their volunteer roles.

The criteria for these special awards were inspired by the RNLI’s values: trustworthy, courageous, selfless and dependable which these three awardees uphold. From the outstanding ambassadors to the unsung heroes who work quietly to ensure the success of RNLI ventures.

By 2017, Mark has been volunteering as a crew member for thirty years, Judith has been volunteering with the RNLI for fifty years and Simon has worked tirelessly raising thousands of pounds for the RNLI with organising and running the Annual World Dab Angling Competition.

Exellence in Volunteering 2017

Photograph shows l to r Mark Richardson volunteer deputy second coxswain, Judith Richardson volunteer lifeboat press officer and Simon Newman volunteer deputy launching authority

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  • Judith Richardson – Dungeness RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    01797 320062 / 07859 264226 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
    020 7620 7416 / 07786 66882 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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