Princess Anne Meets Coastwatch Volunteers on Portland
8:17am 7th August 2012
Dorset's Coastwatch Volunteers have been presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
Princess Anne paid a visit to the teams on Portland Bill yesterday (Monday 6th August 2012).
Her Royal Highness also opened up a new training centre.
The QAVS is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.
There are four NCI stations in Dorset: Peveril Point (Swanage), St Alban's Head (the southernmost point of the Isle of Purbeck), Portland Bill, and Lyme Bay (Burton Bradstock). Thanks to the commitment of their 160 watchkeepers, who clock up some 10,000 hours of voluntary service during the year, the first three stations are open every day except Christmas Day, and Lyme Bay from Friday to Monday.
Rupert Best who's one of the Lord Lieutenants Deputies nominated the volunteers for the award.
South Dorset MP Richard Drax says the volunteers play a vital role.
NCI was founded in 1994 to support HM Coastguard by keeping a visual and radio watch along the UK's shores. Its members play an essential role in the network that keeps Britain's coast and inshore waters safe for commercial and recreational users, watching for any problems or potential dangers and reporting them to the Coastguard. NCI receives no money from government or other official sources and relies entirely on contributions from the public.