THE chairman of the Henley branch of the RNLI has received an award for his fund-raising efforts.
Norman Daniells, of Blandy Road, Henley, was presented with a gold bar to hang from his gold medal at the charity’s annual awards ceremony in London.
It is the third accolade he has received from the RNLI after winning a statuette for long service in 1991 and the gold medal in 2006.
Mr Daniells, 67, has been a member of the branch for 45 years and became chairman 13 years ago.
In the late Seventies he launched its annual car boot sale, which takes place at Henley Rugby Club in August each year. The event has raised more than £200,000 over the past 35 years.
In 2009 he and his committee raised £32,000 for a new lifeboat at Withernsea in Yorkshire.
The vessel, which is named Henley Eight, has saved three lives since it launched.
The branch also holds one small fund-raiser a month and has stalls at events such as the May Fair in Mill Meadows. Last year, it raised £18,500.
Mr Daniells grew up in Henley and attended Henley Secondary Modern School, which is now The Henley College.
He and his wife Sally joined the RNLI after helping a friend run a fund-raising stall at Marsh Lock. Mrs Daniells sits on the branch committee and also holds a statuette and a gold medal.
Mr Daniells was told he had been nominated for the gold bar in December.
“It came out of the blue — I wasn’t expecting it at all,” he said. “It’s not something you just get after a certain period of time. You have to earn it and they don’t hand it out lightly.
“I was both proud and pleased but I felt I was receiving it on behalf of my committee. I couldn’t have earned it without them.”
The branch is looking for new members to join its committee.Anyone who can help should call Mr Daniells on (01491) 574781.