Kyle woman honoured for 55 years service with the RNLI

A Kyle woman who has devoted over half a century to volunteering with the RNLI was honoured at a ceremony earlier this month.

Crew and fundraising members of the Kyle RNLI came together to hold a celebratory barbecue and present Pat Mucklow with an RNLI gold badge in recognition of 55 years with the charity.

Pat is pictured receiving her gold badge from Lochalsh branch chairperson Ina Finlayson and local councillor Audrey Sinclair.

Pat is pictured receiving her gold badge from Lochalsh branch chairperson Ina Finlayson and local councillor Audrey Sinclair.

Pat first became involved with the RNLI in 1960 when she joined the Mallaig team, becoming one of the first female lifeboat crew members in Scotland. Following her time in Mallaig she became a mainstay of the Kyle station, having attended all of the early planning meetings for the station ahead of its opening in 1995 when she became station treasurer. The 79-year-old later also took on the post of treasurer of the local fundraising branch, a role she continues in to this day.

Pat said: “This award was totally unexpected — one does what one can whenever needed. I would like to thank all those who have given me their support over the years.”

A Kyle crew spokesman added: “Not a week goes by without Pat doing something for the RNLI, whether it is baking for a fundraising event, manning the RNLI table at all of the local table sales or driving around the area emptying the charity boxes.”

 

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Pat was joined by members of the Kyle Lifeboat crew and fundraisers to celebrate her 55 years with the RNLI