The following article appeared in Cheshire live giving more background on Rodney Cottrell and his Charitable and RNLI fundraising :
Rodney Cottrell: For services to the RNLI
Chairman of the Crewe and Nantwich Fundraising Branch, Rodney Cottrell, has volunteered for over 50 years.
Rodney learned to fundraise as a 12-year old Scout, helping to boost the financial support for club activities and still continues to be a keen supporter of Scouts to this day.
Notably, Rodney and his wife recently saved the local Scout and Guides hut through lottery and matched funding.
Although Rodney is over 80 years of age, he continues to be a truly impressive role model in his local community.
A passion for sailing saw him gain interest in the RNLI and in 2007, he became Chairman of his local fundraising branch through the support of his wife.
Rodney said: "Sailing has always been a big part of my life so I felt it was responsible to be part of the RNLI and do everything I could to raise funds. I'm absolutely delighted to receive the British Empire Medal."
Most recently, Rodney has run the service of a canal boat called the 'Audlem Lass' that carries passengers from the Overwater Marina with all donations given to the RNLI.
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