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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Volunteers at Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station have been celebrating after being recognised for their commitment.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution presented their annual awards from the Scottish Lifeboat Council ceremony on Wednesday, where volunteers including fundraisers and crew were recognised for their commitment to the lifeboat service.

The Scottish Lifeboat Council meets annually; one function is to recognise voluntary commitment across the Scottish branches and stations. All awards were presented by Lerwick Lifeboat mechanic John Sinclair, on behalf of Council chairman Sir Andrew Cubie.

At the awards, six volunteers from Kinghorn Lifeboat Station were presented with awards. Moira Ross, Sheona Baxter, Gina Fisher and Joanne Wibberley all received bronze badges for service to fundraising.

Moira Ross has coordinated and serviced the collection boxes found in many local shops and establishments in the Kinghorn area for many years.

Sheona Baxter and Gina Fisher have both served on the Kinghorn fundraising branch, Sheona as Chairperson and Gina as Secretary.

Joanne Wibberley was recognised for her commitment to running the souvenir shop at the lifeboat station, and taking it to many local events. This has resulted in the amount of money generated to help save lives at sea increasing significantly in recent years.

Liz Davidson was awarded a bronze award for service to the Kinghorn Lifeboat Station Branch. Liz is currently a deputy launching authority at the station as well as the training coordinator. Prior to these appointments, Liz served as a crewmember on the Lifeboat.

Gordon Tulloch received a silver badge for service to the lifeboat station. Gordon was a founding member of Kinghorn Lifeboat Station in 1965, and has since been involved as a crewmember, helmsman, and currently as a deputy launching authority.

Kinghorn Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Wibberley said, ‘I am delighted that so many people have been awarded these badges for their service to the station. The RNLI relies entirely on voluntary donations, and by and large is an organisation run by volunteers, especially at each of the 236 stations around the coast of the UK and Ireland.’

The awards came soon after the annual house to house collection in Kinghorn where volunteers helped collect a magnificent £1,151.00 during the week. The fundraising committee was delighted with this total, and were grateful that people were able to support the RNLI, amongst many other good causes collecting around the same period.

The station is now in the final stages of planning for its annual open day on Saturday 7th July. The station hopes to welcome a Royal Navy rescue helicopter to take part in a rescue demonstration by the lifeboat and helicopter in Kinghorn Bay, as well as a demonstration by Newfoundland rescue dogs and many other attractions.