A Budleigh Salterton charity has turned the spotlight on the bravery and dedication of Exmouth RNLI during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Budleigh Salterton Lions Club awarded a certificate of appreciation to the RNLI volunteers thanking the crew and members for helping the community over the last year.
The Lions Club, whose presentation coincided with Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), said its members ‘look forward’ to collecting donations for Exmouth RNLI at the end of the year.
Richard Allen Budleigh Salterton Lions president, said: “I was delighted to be able to present a certificate of appreciation to all the volunteers and staff of the Exmouth RNLI, especially as it is National Volunteers’ Week.
“The certificate is in recognition of their service, bravery and dedication to saving lives at sea and keeping people safe, particularly during the Covid pandemic.”
He added: “I am sure that I can speak on behalf of all the residents and visitors to Budleigh when I say a special thank you to the Exmouth RNLI for coming over to Budleigh on Christmas morning and ensuring that the swimmers all get out of the sea safely.
“We look forward to being able to collect on behalf of the RNLI next Christmas.”
The certificate of thanks praised Exmouth RNLI for its ‘help and support of the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic’.
The Lions Club said the accolade was in recognition of the volunteers’ ‘service, bravery and dedication to saving lives at sea and keeping people safe, particularly during the Covid pandemic’.
Ian Taylor, Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, who accepted the certificate on behalf of the volunteers, said: “It was a privilege for me to accept this certificate on behalf of all volunteers here at Exmouth RNLI lifeboat station.
“I am very grateful to the Budleigh Salterton Lions for their valued and continued support of our charity.”