Gold award for lifeboat stalwart

John Porter receiving his award from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent
John Porter receiving his award from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent

A SCARBOROUGH lifeboat fundraiser has received a gold badge award from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent.

John Porter, who has been an operational volunteer for more than 30 years, was given the honour to mark his long service and commitment to the RNLI.

John Porter

John Porter

The charity’s annual presentation of awards at the Barbican Centre, London, saw around 100 presentations to fundraisers, operational volunteers and supporters of the charity by The Duke of Kent, who is the RNLI’s President.

Mr Porter, who attended the ceremony with his wife Mary and granddaughters Emily and Charlotte, said: “I was delighted to get the award and very honoured.

“I’ve been all over the North of England and it’s great to meet the public, who are so supportive of the RNLI.

“It really is a privilege to be able to represent the charity in this way.”

Louise Barth, RNLI fundraising and communications manager - North, said: “As well as being an operational volunteer for more than 30 years and currently serving as deputy head launcher at Scarborough lifeboat station, John is a phenomenal fundraiser.

“We estimate John has personally raised at least £200,000 for the RNLI over the years by giving talks and presentations, selling raffle tickets and generally never missing an opportunity to raise money.

“He is totally dependable and dedicated to the cause of saving lives at sea and we are extremely grateful to him for his many years of hard work on behalf of the RNLI.

“I am delighted that he has been recognised by the Duke of Kent at our annual awards - his award is extremely well deserved.”

Mr Porter is available to give talks to groups about the RNLI. Call (01723) 360520.