Double Gold For Exmouth RNLI
Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Team are proud to announce that two of their fundraising team are to receive gold awards for their long service to the RNLI. Together they have stacked up 85 years of fundraising! Jean Carpenter and Mike Baldwin were both surprised and delighted to receive their letters from the RNLI informing them of their forthcoming awards.
Exmouth has yet again shown the dedication of their fundraising team with the announcement from the RNLI that two of its team are to receive gold badges in recognition of their service to the Institute. Jean Carpenter has dedicated 50 years of fundraising for the RNLI. She began collecting for her local RNLI station when living in Ireland in 1976, on moving back to England she carried on raising funds and was awarded a silver badge from the RNLI in 2008. She now sells plants and opens her garden to raise funds for the RNLI and still tirelessly works locally in Woodbury fundraising, Jean said, ‘I’ll carry on fundraising as long as I can, I do it so the lifeboat can get launched and lives can be saved at sea’.
Mike Baldwin began fundraising whilst living in Lewisham 35 years ago, he started by organising minutes from the meetings for the local Lewisham RNLI branch, and then started collecting in the area. Mike says, ‘although there was no lifeboats in London on the Thames at the time, I understood the importance of the work the RNLI do, so I began fundraising for the Lewisham branch of the RNLI and was so surprised when I stood there with my collecting tin and people would ask what is a lifeboat!’ Mike was awarded his silver badge in 1997, he moved to Exmouth 9 years ago and joined the Exmouth fundraising team and became a shop volunteer where he likes to makes fundraising fun!
An enormous thank you and well done to both Jean and Mike
The date and venue for the award ceremony for Jean and Mike’s gold badges will be announced shortly by the RNLI. Full stories of both their achievements will be detailed on this website