10th February 2019
The commitment of volunteers with the RNLI at Cowes was celebrated with the
presentation of awards at the lifeboat station by the High Sheriff, Gioia
Mark Harker, whose six years involvement with the station eventually culminated in
him becoming a helm and assessor/trainer, received an inscribed glass.
Fran and Brian, who run a Cowes restaurant, received a certificate marking their
‘unstinting support’ for the station over ten years and providing high quality food and
fund-raising expertise. Fran also manages the local RNLI shop.
Other certificates were presented to: Nick Edwards, for providing high quality
photographs for the station and his involvement in station management; Willoughby
Matthews, for supporting all office functions from the age of 14, as well as being an
‘exemplar’ as shore crew/plant operator. Unable to be present for his certificate was
Sandy Steen who until his retirement last month had provided professional
management support, ensuring the station was fully integrated with RNLI standards.
Other boat and shore crew received certificates for achieving a Casualty Care
standard, and two other crew had certificates for training in Emergency Procedures
at the RNLI College, Poole.
High Sheriff, together with husband Richard, then joined crew members aboard the
station’s Atlantic 85 ‘Sheena Louise’ in the boathouse.
Expressing delight over the High Sheriff’s visit, Mark said later: “She took so much
interest in the volunteers’ roles. She was impressed in the high commitment of
ordinary Island people make in the service of others, and she spoke very warmly of
her admiration for the life-saving duties we undertake.”
Caption 1: The High Sheriff at the helm of the lifeboat with husband Richard taking a
Caption 2: The High Sheriff, with lifeboat crew and shore crew members in the