Dungeness fundraising committee member Betty Paine is to receive a prestigious RNLI gold award for over 50 years of volunteering
Betty age 71, joined the Dungeness station as a lady launcher in 1963 and remained with them until they were stood down to make way for the new carriage lifeboats. However, this was far from the end of her involvement with the lifeboat station as she still continued volunteering. She served a substantial period as chairperson of the fundraising committee as well as serving on the management committee. After her husband Frank, who was at one time a full time mechanic on the lifeboat passed away in 2000, Betty took on his role as volunteer lifeboat press officer until 2006.
Betty has two sons, Andrew and Matthew who served on the Dungeness lifeboats, a daughter Sheila and six grandchildren, one of whom Craig, continues as a crew member on the new Shannon lifeboat now stationed at Dungeness. To this day, Betty continues to play a key role on the station’s fundraising committee. She will receive her Gold award for long service at the Barbican in London in May.
The photograph, courtesy of the RNLI shows Betty meeting the Princess Royal after the christening of the first Shannon at Dungeness in May 2014.
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