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Lifeboat stalwart receives honour
Charlotte Stewart receives her award from Princess Alexandra
Mrs Stewart said she had seen a lot of changes
The president of a Wearside lifeboat service has been honoured for dedicating 60 years to the cause.

Charlotte Stewart has been made an honorary life governor of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for services to the Sunderland Guild.

Mrs Stewart, 93, received her award from Princess Alexandra at the RNLI's annual awards presentation at the Barbican in London.

She began fundraising for the charity in 1947.

She said: "I've seen a huge amount of changes since I joined but I've enjoyed every minute of my time with the Sunderland RNLI Guild.

"The one thing that hasn't changed, though, is the generosity of the people of Sunderland.

She is always enthusiastic and keen to adopt any new ideas, and is an inspiration to fundraisers everywhere
Michael Charlton of the RNLI

"The volunteer crews do a wonderful job and it's so important to continue supporting them. Raising money is easy compared to what they have to do out at sea."

Mrs Stewart became president of the Sunderland RNLI in 1981.

Michael Charlton, the charity's fundraising manager in the North East, said she was a wonderful ambassador for the RNLI.

He said: "Despite being partially sighted, she still leads the Guild and attends not only every event they arrange but also Sunderland Lifeboat Station meetings and regional fundraising events.

"She is always enthusiastic and keen to adopt any new ideas, and is an inspiration to fundraisers everywhere."

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