A Sanctuary Care home has received a golden recognition for over 40 years of fundraising for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Donald Robinson a resident at Fernihurst Nursing Home, who turns 90 in April, has been awarded a Gold Badge and Bar for his part in the fundraising success of the Teignmouth RNLI branch.
The branch, which has raised over £1million in the past 10 years, believes a part of the success is linked to the sponsorship between the branch and local schools, including Mount Kelly’s Ten Tors Challenge teams, which was set up by Donald when he volunteered as a Shoreline fundraiser, Chairman and then President across four decades.
Tom Neville, current Chairman of the Teignmouth RNLI fundraising team, awarded Donald with his golden accolade at the home, in Douglas Avenue.
Donald’s dedication still being recognised
Donald’s son Richard Robinson said: “My father has always been fond of his connections with the RNLI and, as a family, we are all very proud of them as well.
“He dedicated over 40 years of his life to the branch and for the last 10 years he acted as President, so it’s so heartwarming to see that his input is still being recognised today.”
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Suzi Blackwell said: “Donald is such an interesting man. He has a unique charm and sense of humour. His life history is something to be proud of, so it’s fantastic that Donald, his family and former RNLI colleagues are still remembering his great work so many years on.”