18th July 2016
Honour for dedicated Erdington RNLI volunteer
A Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers from Erdington was among more than 40 dedicated supporters of the lifesaving charity honoured at its regional awards ceremony at Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester on Wednesday 22 June.
The awards were presented by RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease, who praised the dedication and commitment of the charity’s volunteers.
The ceremony was a proud occasion for Mrs Jacky Clifford of the Erdington RNLI branch, who was awarded a Gold Bar to her Gold Badge.
Jacky Clifford has been a volunteer for 37 years and has been Chairman for 23 years. Her knowledge of, and dedication to, the RNLI is second to none. Jacky has managed the RNLI Stand at the Birmingham Boat Show for the last 16 years- this often involves standing 9am-7pm for 9 days straight and she takes time off from her job to do so. Jacky has abseiled, caved, walked, danced on stage, cooked, baked, talked on TV, organised trips to stations including her beloved Exmouth and stood for 100’s of hours with a bucket in all weathers. Jacky has a saying ‘ there is no bigger heart than that of a volunteer’ and that sums Jacky up completely.
Jacky stated she is very proud and privileged to have received this award from the RNLI.
Adele Fuller, RNLI Area Manager for West Midlands says:
‘The ceremony gave us the opportunity to celebrate the tireless work that goes on in our stations and fundraising groups – often quietly, often behind the scenes, always without fuss or fanfare. The annual awards ceremony was our opportunity to make that fuss and say a heartfelt thank you to RNLI volunteers who have given years of dedication.
‘Volunteers like Jacky Clifford are the driving force behind all of the RNLI’s lifesaving work. Our lifeboat crews, lifeguards and flood rescue teams can save lives because we have the unwavering support of our fundraisers. ‘
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Wales and the West on 01745 585162 or 07786668829. Erdington Branch 0121 351 3314.
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 150 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.