Hartlepool RNLI volunteers honoured for service to charity

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Two dedicated people have received awards for their loyal service to a charity.

The pair, who have both served the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Hartlepool, were presented with awards in a ceremony at Hartlepool lifeboat station.

Christine Cook, the honorary treasurer of the town’s RNLI Enterprise Branch, was presented with a silver medal for her 16 years service.

She said: “It’s nice to receive personal thanks for my time at Hartlepool RNLI Enterprise Branch and it reflects on all the good work and commitment of all the volunteer crew members, fundraisers and officials at Hartlepool lifeboat station.”

Ruth McGlen, who volunteers with the branch, received the RNLI’s Certificate of Thanks in recognition of her eight years service.

She said: “It’s nice to receive recognition of this kind.”

Branch chairwoman Beryl Sherry, said: “Christine is a great asset to the Enterprise Branch and is meticulous in her bookkeeping, and in all her time with us hasn’t put a foot wrong.

“It’s good that Ruth has received recognition for her hard work.

“We can always rely on her to turn up at events.

“She will go anywhere and do anything to help raise money so the RNLI can help save lives at sea.”

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI operations manager, said: “Both awards are richly deserved and I would like to offer congratulations on behalf of all volunteer crew members and officials at Hartlepool RNLI.”

The branch is planning to sell Christmas cards in town, starting at Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club between 11.30am and 3pm on October 11 and October 25; at Jacksons Wharf, between the same times on November 7; Middleton Grange Shopping Centre on November 14 from 8.30am to 4pm, and Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club from 11.30am to 3pm on November 15.

On November 21, cards can be bought at St Georges Church from 9am to 12pm; at Sheridan Court, Warren Road, on November 28 from 10.30am to 1pm; the Borough Hall on November 29, from 11.30am to 4pm, and Jacksons Wharf on December 5, from 11.30am to 3pm.

Cards are also on sale in the Smallcrafts Club and at Clockworks, in the Brougham Enterprise Centre.