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Lifeboat fundraiser Robert Bulgin is honoured

  • 31 December 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
Robert Bulgin
Image caption Robert Bulgin thanked his "excellent team"

A lifeboat volunteer who has raised £180,000 for the RNLI has received a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Robert Bulgin, 76, of Port Isaac in Cornwall, was named in the New Year Honours List.

Ken Radford, 59, from St Austell, also received a BEM for services to people with learning difficulties.

Jillian Carr, human resources director at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, has been appointed MBE for services to education.

'Dedicated team'

Mr Bulgin, who became chairman of the Port Isaac RNLI seven years ago, raised the money "through his enthusiasm, determination and hard work", according to the nomination.

"He and his dedicated team have arranged numerous balls, auctions, lotteries and tea parties to keep the charity at the forefront of peoples' minds," it said.

"He also gives his time freely to encourage young people to become involved with the RNLI.

"He provides enduring and vitally important pastoral care for the crew. He genuinely cares about people and has an authentic and long held passion for the lifeboat and its place in the community."

Mr Bulgin, who lists scuba diving, sailing and rowing among his interests, said: "Through these activities and my home in Port Isaac, with its long historic connection to the lifeboat, I have had the pleasure of forming firm friendships with volunteer lifeboat crewmen and a lasting admiration for the high standard of voluntary service provided by the RNLI.

"It was therefore a natural step to take a more active role in support of this unique institution when retiring from business commitments.

"I have always considered the strength of the RNLI comes through team effort, both on the water and in support.

Image caption Ken Radford of St Austell has helped people with learning difficulties

"I consider this award an endorsement of this - without my excellent team our results would not have been possible."

'Worked selflessly'

Mr Radford established People and Gardens, a vegetable growing scheme at the Eden Project in 1997.

He has helped more than 150 people through learning horticultural skills and growing food for the vegetable bags.

There are currently 45 people taking part with an age range from 16 to 70, suffering from conditions which include cerebral palsy, depression, autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

The nomination said: "He has worked selflessly to help these people find their place in society by giving them the skills and self-value they need."

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