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The B-923 RNLI Lifeboat 'Patricia Southall'
In our world of flower arranging we remember Pat with much affection as Chairman and President of both Solihull and Knowle Flower Clubs and the South Midlands Area.
Her planning and organising was second to none, nothing was ever too much trouble.
It is her fundraising work with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution over many years that we also remember her.
Already an RNLI volunteer, Pat took early retirement from a senior position with the Bank and England, which gave her the opportunity to spend more time and energy to further help this most worthy organisation.
Pat set up the Hall Green Guild in 1982 and, along with the Edgbaston & Harborne Guild from the early 1970’s, held all the key committee posts during her life. Pat’s talents were planning and inspiring other volunteers. She was responsible for a vast range of fundraising events over the years.
Her dedication and hard work was recognised by the RNLI and she was awarded the Gold Badge in 2006, followed by the Bar to the Gold Badge in 2012. In 2016 Pat became a Honorary Life Governor, the highest award possible for a volunteer.
Sadly, Pat died in January 2017 and her generous legacy to the RNLI has
funded their latest lifeboat PATRICIA SOUTHALL, stationed at Blyth,
The Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the B-923 PATRICIA
SOUTHALL took place on Saturday 21 August 2021.
I was surprised and delighted some weeks earlier to receive a call from the RNLI inviting me to name the lifeboat. It was a moving ceremony and service, with tributes to Pat's life and dedication to the RNLI. Members of the crew then manned the lifeboat and demonstrated her abilities. It was very touching to see her put through her paces and move through the water with Pat’s name on her sides. It was also interesting to learn that she had already completed one rescue.
A wonderful day, with Simone and Peter Squire and Clive, sharing fond memories of Pat and the lifeboat bearing her name which will go on to save lives at sea.
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