Monday, 23 July 2018

RNLI secretary honoured

A SILVER badge has been presented to the secretary of the Wargrave and Twyford branch of

A SILVER badge has been presented to the secretary of the Wargrave and Twyford branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in recognition of her service,

writes David White.

Wendy Porter received the honour from the charity’s chairman Charles Hunter-Pease at the branch’s annual meeting in Woodclyffe Hall, Wargrave.

Mrs Porter said she would wear the badge with pride.

“I was very honoured and pleased because I didn’t realise I’d done enough to deserve it,” she said. “It’s nice to have recognition and very good for the whole branch.”

Mrs Porter has been involved with the branch for about 20 years, helping out at fund-raising events, and became secretary in 2004.

She has built up a substantial number of helpers who bake cakes for the branch’s Christmas fair and have enabled it to continue holding successful street and house-to-house collections.

Her husband Michael, who is branch chairman, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Wendy and the honour is well deserved. It was also a great honour for the branch to welcome the chairman of the RNLI.” The meeting heard that the net amount raised by the branch last year was almost £12,000, the best total yet in a year that didn’t coincide with the Wargrave Festival.

The branch has been supported by the Piggott School in Wargrave, which raised £857.84 with a dress down day. This year’s two big fund-raisers will be the annual car boot sale at the school on Sunday, June 7 and the Paul Daniels magic show at the Wargrave Festival on Wednesday, June 24.

Mr Hunter-Pease thanked those present who helped with fund-raising.

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