YEARS of dedication to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution were rewarded last month when a Solihull couple received their RNLI Bronze Badges.
David Herriott, aged 72, and wife Hazel, 70, were included in the New Year's Honours and picked up their prestigious awards at The Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset.
The pair were each given a framed 'Certificate of Thanks' by the RNLI in 2004 and the latest award was presented 'in recognition of their valuable service' which has nearly eclipsed 35 years.
BBC Midlands Today news presenter, Kay Alexander was at the special awards ceremony to present the committed couple with their honours.
Mr Herriott is the press and publicity officer for Solihull Lifeboat Branch and the couple from Beauchamp Road are also the joint box secretary and house-to-house collections co-ordinators.
"We give our time voluntary to raise awareness and fund for this very worthwhile lifesaving organisation, and although we do not seek awards, it is encouraging to know our endeavours are appreciated," said the former West Midlands Police Officer.
Currently the local branch carry out house-to-house collections once a year and have their annual lifeboat day in Mell Square. Throughout the year they set up various collection points and fund raising events.
"Without the financial support of the public here in Solihull our efforts would be in vain.
"We couldn't get any further away from the coast so they deserve thanking," added Mr Herriott.
The local committee of six raise between £10,000-£11,000 a year to help save lives at sea.
For more information on the charity visit: www.rnli.org.uk.