NEW YEAR HONOURS: Lady Rose awarded MBE for services to maritime safety

Lady Rose Crossman
Lady Rose Crossman

The president of Berwick Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours.

Lady Rose Crossman receives the award for voluntary services to maritime safety.

Lady Rose joined the guild in 1973, became president in 1974 and has held the role for the past 41 years.

In that time she has done everything from abseiling down the walls of Bamburgh Castle to serving refreshments at fundraising events and offered guidance and support to the ladies’ guild.

She has been the driving force behind fundraising activities that have been successful despite the tough economic climate and she constantly looks for new and inventive ways to raise money for the charity that saves lives at sea.

In 2010, in recognition of all her voluntary service for the RNLI, she received a lifetime of service award at a ceremony in London, one of only 15 such awards being given this year throughout the UK and Ireland.

The award is one of the highest accolades given to non-seagoing volunteers and takes the form of a gold bar to be attached to her previously awarded gold badge.

Lady Rose is also a major benefactor on the island of Lindisfarne and has supported the wildlife centre for school children and the rebuilding of the town hall, which is named after her in recognition of her support.

Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive, said: “Our lifeboat crews, lifeguards and flood rescue teams couldn’t do their lifesaving work without the support of people like Lady Rose.

“Her unwavering commitment to fundraising means our volunteers have the skills and equipment needed to save lives at sea. She has been an inspiration to others and I am delighted that she has been recognised with an honour.”