A Scarborough fundraiser has clocked up 50 years of dedicated service helping to raise thousands of pounds for the RNLI.
Charity stalwart Pat Rodgers first joined the Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild in 1962 and since then has held several positions on the committee.
Last year the guild managed to raise more than £8,000, and the year before the total was £9,000, to help fund the vital lifesaving work of the Scarborough-based volunteers.
Guild chairman Gladys Freeman said that in 2009 Pat had been awarded a bar for her gold badge in recognition of all her years of dedication to the organisation. “There’s not many of those about. The bar to the gold badge is something special,” she added.
“We will be lost without her when she does retire.”
Pat has been a committee member since 1962 and was the treasurer between 1976 and 1981, chairman between 1981 and 1983, and has been the treasurer since 1983.
Gladys said she had also been the secretary as well as the souvenir secretary during her time with the guild. “Treasurers are always needed and they aren’t plentiful. Pat does lots of other things – she has collected a lot of charity boxes,” she said.
“She’s a very definite character – she’s a very determined lady. She’s a very dedicated, hard working, member of our team.”
To help celebrate Pat’s acheivement members organised a special afternoon tea at the Stained Glass Centre in Cayton. Gladys said: “She was absolutely amazed. We tried to keep it as a surprise and she had no idea that people were coming from head office.””
Hannah Garnett, the RNLI’s community fundraising manager for Yorkshire, said 50 years’ service was an acheivement – but it was unusual to have been a committee member for so long. She added that without the dedication of the charity’s fundraisers the RNLI would not exist – last year, nationally, the organisation received £52.2 million in donations.
“Pat is a formidable character in Scarborough – she is a force to be reckoned with in fundraising – she’s keen and willing to do anything for the cause.”
• Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild will have a stall and tombola at a fun day at the Rosette pub, in Scalby Road, on Monday August 27.