Friday, 21 September 2018

Gold award for RNLI fundraiser

THE chairman of the RNLI’s Wargrave branch has been presented with the charity’s gold badge.

THE chairman of the RNLI’s Wargrave branch has been presented with the charity’s gold badge.

Michael Porter was given the accolade by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent at the RNLI’s annual awards ceremony in London.

Mr Porter, 74, joined the branch’s fund-raising committee in 1976 and was made its chairman in 1992.

He lives in Station Road with his wife Wendy, who is secretary of the branch.

He was inspired to join as his grandfather Edwin was a merchant captain and served in the Royal Navy during the First World War.

This year alone, Mr Porter and his colleagues have raised more than £8,000 by organising a series of community events.

These include a show with TV magician and Wargrave resident Paul Daniels, who raised £3,700 by performing at last month’s Wargrave Festival. The gold badge is awarded to anyone deemed to have made a significant contribution to the RNLI.

Mr Porter said: “We’ve had some pretty good results over the years and I suppose it is a recognition of that.

“We manage to raise a considerable amount of money each year for such a small community.

“However, as I have told members, I see it as a measure of the branch’s success rather than anything personal.

“We have more events planned for the second half of the year and hope that 2013 will turn out to be our best year ever.”

The next big event will be a dinner and talk by Ian McNaught, the final captain of the retired ocean liner QE2, on October 24.

More details will be announced closer to the time.

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