RNLI Porthcawl’s Aileen Jones receives MBE for her ‘infectious passion’ for saving lives at sea

Porthcawl RNLI volunteer Aileen Jones has been awarded an MBE for services to the charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Aileen was the first female RNLI crew member to receive the charity’s Gallantry Medal for Bravery, one of the charity’s first female helms and launching authorities, and the first female crew member at Porthcawl Lifeboat Station.

She said: “I am very excited about receiving this honour and my thanks go to the RNLI for nominating me.

“I have been volunteering with the RNLI for many years and it’s a huge part of my life, but it’s not just about me.

“I wouldn’t be in this position without the support of my fellow crew members, husband and family and of course my employers, who release me for shouts.”

Aileen is ‘the heartbeat of the station’

In a statement on its Facebook page, Porthcawl RNLI said: “We are very proud that Porthcawl lifeboat volunteer Aileen Jones has been recognised in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours for her contribution to saving lives at sea.

“As a volunteer, she has completely immersed herself in supporting every aspect of the RNLI and for over 21 years has been the heartbeat of the station and community.

“Her passion for the sea has been a lifetime in the making. She first applied to join the RNLI crew at 17 years old and her infectious passion for the charity that saves lives at sea has seen her recruit her husband and her two children to also become members of the crew.”

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