Princess Anne presents Hartlepool volunteer with community award

DELIGHT: Christine receiving her award from the Princess Royal
DELIGHT: Christine receiving her award from the Princess Royal

A DEDICATED volunteer has been presented with a community award by The Princess Royal.

Christine Hughes was awarded the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Community Award by Princess Anne at a ceremony in London.

She has been actively involved in sailing and yacht racing at Hartlepool for the past 40 years.

Christine first became involved at the original Hartlepool Yacht Club and now at the combined Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club (THYC).

Having held several roles over the intervening years including membership secretary and social secretary, Christine is now into her second stint at THYC as treasurer.

A great supporter of the cadets and training sections, Christine was instrumental in the club receiving RYA Sailability status and gaining grant funding to pay for a mobile pontoon, to help with accessibility to the water for people with disabilities.

Duncan Truswell, sport development manager at the Royal Yachting Association, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are all about celebrating the commitment of the countless volunteers who do fantastic work to support our sport,” said RYA sport development manager Duncan Truswell.

“These people are the lifeblood of our sport.”

they keep our sailing clubs, events and our organisations thriving and make it possible for others to get out on the water.””