Cromer RNLI appoints award winning fund raiser as new chairperson

Derek Hinds. Picture: Cromer RNLI.

Derek Hinds. Picture: Cromer RNLI. - Credit: Cromer RNLI.

The Cromer RNLI has appointed its new chairperson following the retirement of local hero Tony Webster.

Derek Hinds, a long time supporter of the RNLI has now been appointed in his place.

Mr Hinds has been involved with fund raising for Cromer RNLI for the past 22 years and during this time has been recognised by the RNLI and was a regional winner in the RNLI supporter awards 2012, alongside his wife Rita.

Mr Hinds said: 'I am honoured to be invited to take on the role of chairperson of Cromer RNLI, and to continue the excellent work of Tony Webster, who has been a most dedicated and inspirational chairman.'

In 2017 Mr and Mrs Hinds were rewarded with an Excellence in Volunteering thanks, in recognition of fund raising through their innovative football competition.

For the past 22 years Mr Hinds has also been chairman of the Cromer Lifeboat Football Cup competition which was established in 1906 and raises funds for the RNLI.

Mr Hinds added: 'I will always endeavour to promote the outstanding work of Cromer RNLI both in the local community and further afield.'

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Mr Hinds is also a member of the RNLI visits team in Cromer, and gives talks to schools and other organisations at Cromer Lifeboat Station.

Over the years Mr Hinds has also worked as a volunteer in the lifeboat shop.

During the past twelve months, alongside his wife, the pair have been carrying out a meet and greet to visitors, in particular visitors who are unable to access the stairs to the viewing gallery to the lifeboat station and answering many questions about the lifeboat.

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