RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

11/08/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2018 10:09

New Quay RNLI’s Glyn Griffiths retires as Lifeboat Press Officer

New Quay RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Glyn Griffiths has retired after 12 years' service and remembers some of his best moments with the crew.

Glyn Griffiths, from New Quay, has given 12 years' service to New Quay RNLI, working closely with the RNLI's press offices at Poole headquarters and the regional office in North Wales, reporting on all the stories and shouts to the local press and media, and keeping them up to date with all the goings on at the station.

He recalls his best story was the one that made the national newspapers about a parrot which mimicked the sound of a crew member's pager. Glyn explained, 'A crew member told me that his parrot used to copy the sound of the RNLI pager so much so that he used to run out of the house thinking there was a real shout. We wrote about it and it made the national press and media. It was a great story!'

Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager said, 'We would like to thank Glyn for all his hard work and wish him the best for his retirement from volunteering life.'

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager added, 'We are very grateful to Glyn for all his work and are honoured to present him with a commemorative certificate, which is well deserved.'

Glyn is now handing over the baton to Kate Williams, a mother of two who lives in New Quay and works in Aberystwyth for creative marketing and communications agency, Four Cymru.

Glyn commented, 'I have had a wonderful 12 years and enjoyed every minute. I wish Kate all the best in her new role and would like to thank the crew of New Quay lifeboat station for making it memorable.'

Notes to editor

Attached are photos of retiring New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer Glyn Griffiths thanked by members of New Quay lifeboat and RNLI regional staff for 12 years' dedicated service.

RNLI media contact

For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer on [email protected] or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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