The RNLI might not seem like an obvious interest for a seven year old living in landlocked Birmingham but, largely thanks to his Grandma's influence, J has a real interest in lifeboats and lifeguards. He is a member of Storm Force, the Lifeboat club for children, and waits eagerly for the next edition of the Storm Force magazine to arrive. Our holidays to the coast are not complete without trips to visit the local lifeboat stations. During our last holiday we were lucky enough to have a guided tour of the all weather lifeboat in Fowey and J was so excited.
So what perfect timing that J's school was closed for polling day on 22 May 2014, the day of Grandma's presentation!
|We squeezed in a bit of sightseeing|
After a quick bite to eat and a ride on the circle line it was time for the ceremony at the Barbican.
|The stage is set and the Guest of Honour arrives|
Before the presentation of the Gold Badges, there were five special awards: Innovation, Youth, Branch, Corporate and Media. The well-known artist, Tracey Emin, was presented with the Innovation Award for her collaboration with restaurateur, James Stephenson, which involved Tracey painting and auctioning a watercolour which raised £100,000 for the RNLI.
|Tracey Emin receiving her Innovation Award|
|J likes to dress appropriately|
I can think of no better person to present mum's medal than a decorated RNLI hero. After all, that is what it is all about - all the events mum has organised over the years, all the money she has raised with her committee - it has all been for one reason, to ensure that RNLI crews have the equipment and resources they need to save lives.
Well done mum! You thoroughly deserve your award and you have made us all very proud.
|Mum's big moment|