Filey Lifeboat members get awards for online weekend

Awards have been presented to the team who took Filey Lifeboat’s fundraising weekend online, helping collect over £9,000.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:31 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:34 pm

John Ward, George Atkinson and Dougie Ward have been presented with RNLI Excellence in Volunteering certificates for their efforts in ensuring the pandemic did not stop the annual event which raises money for Filey Lifeboat Station.

Together they produced two days of virtual entertainment which was viewed on Facebook alone by over 160,000 people, and which raised a staggering £9,200.

John, who is Filey Lifeboat Station Press Officer and retired deputy second coxswain, said: “This was a great team effort but special praise must go to Dougie and George who have produced a fantastic tribute to Filey Lifeboat Station, each spending an incredible amount of time to make sure the production was both professional and reflected all aspects of Filey Lifeboat Station.

John Ward

“All three of us are very grateful for this award.”

John selected the themes and program for the weekend, and approached supporters to ask if they would make their own films.

He also contacted a range of special guests to advertise the weekend on video, secured copyright permission and then thanked all the contributors for their support afterwards.

Dougie, who is a student at The University of Nottingham and hopes to follow a career in marine engineering, is a crew member of both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

Dougie Ward (left) with George Atkinson

He sifted through the thousands of photographs and videos, selecting the most suitable to accompany the programme, and helped choose accompanying music as well as formulated the story lines and storyboarding.

George, who is a student at The University of Hull and hopes to pursue a career in computer science, produced the final version of the virtual weekend, spending dozens of hours merging film, photographs and sound and stringing them together to ensure that the weekend ran smoothly and to time.