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RNLI volunteer awarded in Queen's Birthday honours

Captain Neil Hardy has been awarded an MBE Credit: RNLI

An RNLI volunteer from Swanage has been recognised with an MBE on the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours list.

Captain Neil Hardy, 65, is a volunteer who has dedicated 25 years of his life to the overall running of Swanage Lifeboat Station.

He was a natural candidate to take on the important role of Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) a mere three years after joining. Neil took this role when the station was issued with their new Mersey class lifeboat; a particularly busy and demanding time for all concerned.

Neil has responsibility for a volunteer operational crew of over 40, and one of the RNLI's busiest stations.

"I am accepting this award on behalf of everyone at Swanage RNLI and the Swanage community, who have always supported the station and volunteers and who have made the work I do as a volunteer easy. I couldn’t have achieved all that I have without their help, and certainly not without the support of my wife Maggie."

– Neil Hardy

"Neil has been described by others as a leading light and his hands-on approach and ability to inspire others have helped the station and volunteer fundraising team achieve their fundraising target towards the new lifeboat station. He is a truly selfless individual, balancing his commitments to the RNLI with a busy family life, who unfortunately at times have had their milestone occasions interrupted by a call from the RNLI. Neil is an individual that never puts himself in the limelight but is fulfilled by the accomplishments of others."

– Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive

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