Lord Mayors Show

Jacky Clifford and granddaughter Daisy meet Lord mayor Anne Underwood at the Lord mayors Show

For Jacky Clifford an unusual event of meeting the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Anne Underwood, twice in a week whilst at the Lord mayors show on 11 June.

Jacky, ably assisted by Granddaughter Daisy was on the RNLI fundraising stand at the show.

She had previously been nominated for a volunteering award for her services to RNLI fundraising.

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Awards Nomination

Jackie and Chris are off to Soho House today with Fundraising Manager Megan Cooper for the awards ceremony for the Lord Mayors Community volunteer award.
Her service over more years than I can remember is amazing so recognition outside the RNLI would be wonderful.



Here’s a quote from Community Fundraising Manager Megan Cooper

What a fantastic way to end Volunteers Week! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) Volunteer Awards with our very own Jacky Clifford​ who was shortlisted for an award. It was delightful to see so many inspiring volunteers and the diversity of charities and individuals involved. I’m so pleased that Jacky got the recognition she deserves and the RNLI had the opportunity to be part of this wider celebration.

Finally, I wanted to say thank you to you all… to our current supporters and volunteers, for all your continued support no matter how big or small. Thank you for everything that you do. You’re awesome.”

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Asda Collection

On the weekend of 3/4 June the branch held a collection at Asda Minworth. Thanks go to all the customers who donated.
Special thanks go to Denis Alder the ASDA Community Events organiser and the staff who looked after our collectors all day.
A total of £891.87 was raised which includes a donation of £200 from ASDA – thanks to everyone who put their green tokens in the box for us – a stellar response.

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Jacky Clifford’s award presentation

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Newspaper article celebrating Jacky Cliffords Gold Award

I’ve been sent a press clipping from Jacky Clifford’s gold award presentation by the now retired RNLI Chairman, Charles Hunter-Pease. Whilst these events are often passed around within the local volunteer community it is great to see that the media recognised the amount of work that Jacky and her husband Chris have put into fundraising for the RNLI. 37 years is an incredible amount of time to be volunteering for an organisation and it is right that this is made known to the whole community.

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Birmingham Christmas Market

It’s cold out there today but if you are going into Birmingham City Centre pop along to the German Market near to the Hall of Memory. The RNLI have been given a stall for today, 29th November. Please lend the local volunteers your support.

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Harborne Friendship Group coffee morning

The team were out on the road this morning at the Harborne friendship Group coffee morning.

We sold £59.20 in souvenirs in an hour and a half which was an excellent result. The group have been supporting us as their charity of the year and it was great to be able to attend.

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Upcoming event

On Saturday 24 September from 3pm onwards is the annual illuminations day for model boats at the boating lake on Bournville Lane in Bournville.
Owners light up their boats which looks amazing at dusk.
Always a great attraction for the children.
Refreshments available

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Fish and chip supper with skittles night

Last night the Harborne Friendship Circle held their fish and chip supper and skittles night. The RNLI are this years charity. The raffle raised around £400 to add to this years total and the auction of a knitted lifeboat man donated by the organiser Helen Hayward raised another £35 and a huge smile from one lucky little girl.
Our thanks to everyone who attended.

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Jacky Clifford gets her bar to the Gold Badge

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.
RNLI online
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.


Erdington Branch RNLI award

Jacky receives her award from RNLI chairman Charles Hunter-Pease

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Latest Collection

On 29th/ 30th April the Branch held a collection at ASDA Small Heath with the invaluable assistance of Marcus Westwood.

A total of £352.16 was raised. Well done folks.

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