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A golden reward for lifeboat fund raiser

A CHAMPION fund raiser who has clocked up over 20 years helping a well-known charity in the borough was honoured at a prestigious ceremony in London last month with a special gold badge.

A CHAMPION fund raiser who has clocked up over 20 years helping a well-known charity in the borough was honoured at a prestigious ceremony in London last month with a special gold badge.

Robert Wooldridge, 79, a retired bank manager from Dorridge was presented with the accolade at the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards on May 14 at the Barbican Centre in the capital by the Duke of Kent for his efforts with the Knowle and Dorridge branch.

Last year, he boosted the coffers of the organisation to the tune of an estimated £8,000 with the aid of other volunteers through house to house collections.

He joined the organisation in 1989 after retiring from his job at the Midland Bank in Castle Bromwich following a passion for the sea and maritime matters.

He was Chairman of the branch for 16 years and currently still sits on the committee.

Robert said: “I was very pleased to receive the award, it is a great honour. I am still very active in the local branch.

“The RNLI does great work, it is very much the spirit of the thing - rescuing people and doing good work which is based on voluntary help from people.”

Recognised for his long service and commitment to the life saving charity, Wendy Reason, RNLI Fundraising and Communications Manager for Wales and West Mercia, said: “Our annual awards are a way of saying thank you to volunteers who have worked tirelessly for many years to support and raise funds for the RNLI.”

“Our charity depends on the contribution of people like Bob - without incredible fund raisers and supporters, RNLI lifeboat crews would be unable to carry on saving lives at sea.”

 

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