Fundraising Exmouth RNLI duo to be recognised with awards

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 January 2016

Exmouth lifeboat fundraising team.

Exmouth lifeboat fundraising team.

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An Exmouth fundraising duo are to be recognised with gold awards for their long service to the RNLI.

Mike Baldwin and Jean Carpenter have stacked up 85 years of service for the charity between the two of them.

Jean has dedicated 50 years of fundraising for the RNLI. She began collecting for her local station while living in Ireland in 1976.

She was awarded a silver badge by the RNLI in 2008.

Jean, who still fundraises for the organisation in Woodbury, said: “I’ll carry on fundraising as long as I can.

“I do it so that the lifeboat can get launched and people’s lives can be saved at sea.”

Mike began fundraising for the organisation while living in Lewisham, 35 years ago.

He started off recording the minutes from meetings of his branch and was awarded his silver badge in 1997. He has lived in Exmouth for nine years and is a shop volunteer.

He said: “Although there were no lifeboats in London on the Thames at the time, I understand the importance of the work of the RNLI and was so surprised when I stood there with my collecting tin and people would ask what is a lifeboat?”

The venue and date for the awards are to be confirmed.


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