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bembridgernliinshoreA record number of 21 awards have been announced by the RNLI to fund-raisers and operational staff on the Island who have given voluntary service at guilds, branches and one of the lifeboat stations.

The awards, in recognition of the quality and impact of the recipients efforts for  the charity, will be presented at various ceremonies in London, Poole and on the Island this year.

At the Bembridge guild four silver badges went to John Gulliver, Lesley Gulliver, Jill Snell and Sandra Beaney, and five bronzes to Chris Grant, Shirley Hill, Sylvia Harrison, Patricia Horne and Doreen Harris. Cowes guild achieved one gold badge, awarded to Diana Chillcott, and one bronze to Carol Wootton.

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At East Cowes branch Simon Walker and Ian Abbey were awarded a gold and a bronze, respectively. Shanklin and District, in spite of being a small branch, received two golds – for Stuart Dyer and Jenny Dyer, and a bronze for Sue Cavacutti.

Another gold badge went to Joan Harvey at Seaview/St Helens/Brading Branch, a silver to West Wight Fundraisers’ Linda Hunt and a bronze to Lesley Myland, a member of the Isle of Wight Board.

Despite the Cowes station only being part of the RNLI since 2008, it was considered that two of its operational staff, David Hembury and Hugh Robotham, merited being honoured with statuettes.

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