In 1959, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Walsall Ladies Guild was formed. This was changed in 1984, to the RNLI’s Walsall Branch to enable gentlemen to join.
More than 30 supporters attended the Branch’s 35th Anniversary Lunch recently at the Beverley Hotel, Lichfield Road, Walsall. A raffle at the event raised £252.00 for the Burry Port Lifeboat Station Appeal.
On behalf of the branch, the Honorary Treasurer, Phil Martin, thanked all the supporters for their help and support over the many years – with a special mention to those present that had also attended the Walsall Ladies Guild’s 25th Anniversary Dinner some 35 years ago.
Phil Martin also gave a huge thank-you to Carolyn McLaughlin who had recently retired from being the Walsall Branch’s volunteer Presenter. Over the last five years, Carolyn has done presentations at 47 events; to over 2,200 people; raising Donations and Souvenir Sales of over £7,000.00 – and these figures exclude all the presentations she had also done for the Sutton Coldfield Branch!
Phil Martin said:
“Carolyn, for all your hard work for the Walsall and Sutton Coldfield Branches, it gives me great pleasure to present you with this Certificate of Thanks, which is signed by the RNLI’s Chief Executive, Mr Paul Boissier.”
“The Certificate of Thanks was a lovely surprise and much appreciated. The RNLI is a charity funded purely by donations and legacies. Furthermore, the lifeboat crews are all volunteers. To put one’s life on the line to save others must surely be one of the most selfless acts known to man, reflecting total dedication, skill and bravery.”