Former employee, John Lawson has recently received a Gold badge for his amazing voluntary work with the RNLI. John retired last year after 50 years in insurance and was the original owner of Heath and Blackshaw Insurance which was established in 1882. Heath and Blackshaw was then bought and taken over by our current CEO, Dave Clapp in 2003.
John first became interested in lifeboats in the 1950s when he spent his summer holidays with his aunt and uncle in Workington, Cumberland. Later on, John developed a keen interest in visiting lifeboat stations, especially after his aunt moved to Kinmel Bay between Rhyl and Llandudno – both of these are lifeboat towns.
In later years, he moved to Congleton and joined the committee of the local fundraising branch in 1989, becoming the Honorary Secretary in 1995 then become Branch Chairman in 2005 – he still occupies this position today.
On the 21st September, John went to an award ceremony which took place at Mere Country Club, Knutsford. On the night, he received a Gold Badge in recognition for his support for the lifeboat service which was presented to him by Charles Hunter-Pease, Chairman of the RNLI. He has previously received a Bronze badge in 2002 and Silver in 2010.
John commented “I remain immensely proud that I have been able to, in some small way, help the courageous voluntary crews who are put to sea in all weathers to rescue people in distress.”
On behalf of the company, we are all very proud of John and the incredible work he does for the RNLI and we would like to congratulate him on his gold badge. We can’t think of anyone else who deserves it more.