Scarborough RNLI crew member nominated for civic award

A Scarborough lifeboat crew member has been nominated for an award for going “that extra mile”.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 10:38 am

Mark Jenkinson an emergency-care assistant with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, has been a volunteer on the all-weather Shannon lifeboat for four years.

Mr Jenkinson will visit the Spa next Tuesday to be presented with a commendation by borough mayor Hazel Lynskey.

Cllr Lynskey said: “Last year, during the first lockdown, I asked residents to support my initiative in recognising the amazing, selfless work of so many during the extraordinary times we were experiencing to give personal recognition to individuals, households, groups or organisations who had gone that extra mile.”

Lifeboat volunteer Mark Jenkinson. (Photo: Scarborough Lifeboat Station)

Last year, the tables were dramatically turned on Mark when he caught coronavirus, which caused him to lose his sense of taste and smell and left him feeling breathless.

Treatment at Scarborough Hospital's A&E department soon had Mark back on his feet, but he was out of action in quarantine until June 3, when he resumed his lifeboat duties.

Mark’s plasma developed the antibodies which fight the virus and he was asked by the NHS blood centre to donate to help others. Mark said: “I went to Leeds to donate convalescent plasma in the hope of helping others suffering from Covid-19.”

Mr Jenkinson added that he did not know who had nominated him for the award, except that it was one of his Facebook friends.

Mark Jenkinson donating his plasma. (Photo: Scarborough Lifeboat Station)