Mike Buckland, the Lifeboat Operations Manager at Weston Super-Mare's RNLI, has been presented with his 20 year award by the Vice Chairman of the RNLI.
Mike was brought up in Weston and joined the Weston RNLI lifeboat volunteers as soon as he was able. He developed his love of the volunteer service during a visit as a Cub Scout when he was inspired by Richard Spindler, the longest serving member of the crew.
Mike went through the demanding training to become a helmsman for the lifeboats. As a helm he took part in many rescues and saved many lives. When Richard Spindler retired as Lifeboat Operations Manager some 18 months ago, Mike agreed to take over the role.
On Monday a group of senior members of the RNLI came to Weston to consult with the Weston crew and fundraisers. It was during this event that Sir Tim Lawrence, Vice Chair of the RNLI surprised everyone by presenting Mike with his 20 year badge for his long service.
Sir Tim Lawrence said;’ The team at Weston have done exemplary service in saving lives at sea despite the difficult conditions they have to work with. At last now we have a definite plan which should give our team the station they deserve. It is good to see what a strong team, crew and fundraisers, we have here.’
Mike Buckland, LOM said;’ Thank you for this award. It is great being part of this fantastic team.’