Donaghadee Lifeboat

Three receive service awards

THREE supporters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Donaghadee have received awards for their years of service to the charity that saves lives at sea.

The presentation event was held at the Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office on Friday, October 21, and honoured 21 awardees recognising their dedication and commitment to volunteering over long periods of time in a bid to raise funds and awareness.

Aileen Smyth is a founder member of the Donaghadee Ladies’ Guild, formed in 1975. She has managed the busy RNLI shop for most of those years. Lately she has provided the branch with a pop-up shop at various events, creating new customers and supporters to the charity. A spokesman said, “Aileen is a dedicated volunteer, who is very much appreciated by the branch for all her loyal support and commitment over the last 41 years.”

Lynda Davidson has been a member of Donaghadee Fundraising branch since 1976. She has been a key organiser of the annual Flag Days and the annual coffee morning held in the local church each June. A spokesman said, “Lynda stepped into the role of the managing the shop recently, which is a very busy role, and the branch are thankful to her for keeping the shop open and for all her dedication and support over the last 40 years.”

Shane McNamara has given over 30 years dedicated commitment to saving lives at sea around the Donaghadee waters and beyond. He is full-time station mechanic and deputy second Coxswain.  A spokesman said, “The lifeboat is a prominent sight to all visitors to Donaghadee’s scenic harbour and Shane maintains it in tip-top condition.”