Blyth RNLI volunteer recognised for her service to the charity

When Christine Fitch attended an event at the Lifeboat Station in Blyth on Christmas Eve, little did she know that she was to get her own present as well.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 11:02 am
Updated Friday, 3rd January 2020, 12:29 pm
From left, Lesley Robson, Christine Fitch and David Thompson, Deputy Launching Authority at RNLI Blyth.
From left, Lesley Robson, Christine Fitch and David Thompson, Deputy Launching Authority at RNLI Blyth.

The volunteer at Blyth RNLI received an accolade for excellence in volunteering.

Her dedicated support to Blyth Lifeboat Station and the RNLI was recognised by the presentation of an award signed by the charity’s chief executive, Mark Dowie.

Christine’s roles include lifeboat administration officer, co-ordinating visits and shop volunteer, and she attends many fund-raising events.

RNLI visitor experience manager Lesley Robson, who presented the award to Christine, said: “The RNLI would like to recognise the time and dedication Christine has provided to the charity, which has ensured that our water safety message has reached hundreds of visitors.

“I know how much commitment and enthusiasm she puts into all her roles she undertakes and volunteers like Christine help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea.”

Barry Pearson, lifeboat operations manager at Blyth RNLI, said: “People may think it is just the volunteer crew that make up the local lifeboat station, but there are a group of volunteers who ensure that the station operates as effectively as it does.

“This award is very much deserved by Christine and I’d like to add my thanks for all the hard work that Christine puts in – not only for our station, but the RNLI as a whole.”