Firm honours its life-saving worker

Senior helmsman Paul Nicholson, right, and other RNLI  volunteers take delivery of their new television.

Senior helmsman Paul Nicholson, right, and other RNLI volunteers take delivery of their new television.

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A POWER company has given a boost to the RNLI in honour of a dedicated volunteer.

Mid American Energy Holdings has handed nearly £2,000 to the charity’s Sunderland station to pay tribute to the hard work of employee Paul Nicholson.

The 34-year-old, an electrical distribution design engineer with CE Electric UK, part of the firm, has been a RNLI volunteer since 1997, joining as a crewman before being promoted to helmsman and then senior helmsman.

He has taken part in 483 rescues missions, saving the lives of 19 people.

Mr Nicholson, from Fulwell, said: “This latest donation to the RNLI at Sunderland by my employer is greatly appreciated and will be used to purchase a new television and a man-overboard radio transponder for the lifeboat station.

“These two pieces of equipment will be vital to support both the training of operational volunteers and the education of local school children who visit the lifeboat station.”

Mid American Energy Holdings operates a “Global Days of Service” programme, which recognises employees who carry out voluntary work.

For each hour of volunteer work that employees perform over a 12-month period, the company allocates a share of its $250,000 fund.

Sunderland RNLI received a cheque in recognition of the 500 hours of voluntary work carried out by Mr Nicholson, who is also one of two lifeboat press officers, in the past year.

The cheque brings its total donations since 2006 to more than £7,000.

Greg Abel, president and chief executive officer for the Mid American Energy Holdings Company, said: “The company supports and encourages its employees to volunteer and invest in communities in which they live and work.

“For each hour of volunteer work performed, a share of the $250,000 Global Days of Service fund is contributed to the eligible organisation on behalf of the volunteering employee.”

Meanwhile, the lifeboat station is offering guided tours to children or adults.

To make a booking, call 567 35 36 or email sunderland@rnli.org.uk

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