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Helen Walters

Picture of Helen Walters.


Helen was a remarkable lady and apart from her other work as a dedicated Carer, she was the strongest RNLI supporter you could ever imagine for so many years, stemming from long ago and the days when she lived and worked in Plymouth’s Barbican.

Devoted to serving our lifeboat crews, amongst whom she had innumerable friends, she made every effort to raise funds for the RNLI on every possible occasion, even including her birthday parties when everybody was instructed not to give her presents but, instead, provide valued funds for the lifeboat service.

Above all, she went quietly about her work in this field although not enjoying the best of health and was the very first to volunteer for any task that required to be undertaken from the time she joined the RNLI Rame Peninsula Branch, also becoming the Area Flag Officer responsible for collections in the Millbrook area.

I was fortunate enough to have known her very well and to understand more than anyone just how much she contributed to lifeboats and their work. It was a privilege to count her as a great friend

Her example was unequalled by anyone – she was a lady with enormous dedication, a great sense of humour and an almost embarrassing enthusiasm for any task, project or idea that she undertook.

The world is so much poorer without her and we have lost a great friend and dedicated volunteer for whom so many had the most enormous affection and respect.

She underwent a triple bypass heart operation some weeks ago and appeared to be recovering well until she succumbed to several infections and, despite her great courage, determination and fortitude, eventually lost the battle.

She could not have been prouder when presented to HRH Prince Charles
by Rame Branch Chairman, Brian Williams on his visit May 2007.

Added by: Brian Williams on 22 October 2007.

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