Weston RNLI Fundraising Chair awarded a medal for his long service

Peter Elmont is one of the RNLI’s most successful fundraisers. He has served for over 20 years and now is recognised for his dedication.

Peter Elmont first joined the Weston-super-Mare fundraising branch as its auditor over 20 years ago. Very soon he rose to be its deputy chair to Andy Clapp. When Andy stood down Peter took over the role about nine years ago.

His function is to organise and galvanise the small army of Westonians who are in the fundraising branch. However Pete takes on much of the day to day fundraising personally. The RNLI depends on fundraisers to attract the donations which allow it to carry on its role of saving lives at sea. .

With his wife Bridget, he has also been responsible for managing the RNLI shop at Anchor Head. Under their management the shop is usually one of the most successful nationally.

In 2013 when the lifeboat crew had to leave Birnbeck Island due to the dangerous condition of its Pier the RNLI started an Appeal for funds to provide Weston with a new lifeboat station. As chair, Pete was given the target of £300,000 to raise over three years. Within two years he had already raised £500,000 and the total amount now is nearing a million and continuing to grow.

Richard Spindler, the longest serving member of the Weston-super-Mare lifeboat crew said; Pete Elmont is a wonder. He is dynamic, cheerful and extraordinarily hard working. Our local success at fundraising is very much down to him and his wife Bridget.

Mike Buckland, Lifeboat Operations Manager for the Weston crew said; ‘Working with Pete has always been a pleasure. We cannot launch our lifeboats unless the funds are raised to support us. The fundraisers and those who man the station are all one crew and he very much deserves this award