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11/17/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/17/2019 10:20

New Lifeboat Press Officers for all three Orkney RNLI lifeboat Stations

All three RNLI lifeboat Stations in Orkney have recently appointed new volunteer LPO'S (Lifeboat Press Officers)

At RNLI Longhope Station Andy Fellows has taken on the role, Richard Clubley has joined at RNLI Stromness and at RNLI Kirkwall Graham Campbell, who has been on the crew for 25 years, has also now taken on the role as LPO.

The press officers play a key role in raising awareness of the charity and their lifeboat station's activity in the community.

They deal directly with all types of journalists and are trained to handle publicity on operational incidents and fundraising events.

The press officers are given training at their lifeboat stations by a visiting RNLI Media Trainer and they receive a three day-course at the RNLI'S Support Centre in Poole.

The Orkney press officers have just received training at Kirkwall covering a variety of topics from Media Trainer Richard Smith.

Richard said: 'The charity is delighted to welcome three new press officers to the loyal band of 300 volunteer press officers throughout the RNLI. They generate a huge amount of publicity and work on anything from writing press releases to editing videos for television.'

RNLI media contacts:

For more information please contact Kirkwall RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Graham Campbell, 07999 601911, [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mc[email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

RNLI Press Office: 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.