New Quay lifeboat station has unveiled artwork donated to them by a local painter in tribute to the work they do.

The special artwork was unveiled at New Quay lifeboat station by RNLI’s director of lifesaving operations, John Payne.

The painting was created by Tina Couch, local amateur artist and wife of New Quay RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager, who wanted to pay tribute to the special job the volunteers do, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mrs Couch said: “Last year some of the volunteers went above and beyond and worked hard in the community by delivering food parcels and medicines to those shielding in the area. I wanted to pay tribute to all the volunteers at New Quay lifeboat station so decided to paint a mural with a portrait of each volunteer.

“This artwork is to recognise all the hard work they did during the lockdown, as well as being on call 24/7 to save lives at sea.”

John Payne added: “It was an honour to unveil this wonderful piece of artwork, a great end to celebrating Volunteers’ Week. Our communities benefit enormously from our volunteers’ selflessness and this is a special way to reflect on their achievements. I would like to thank every one of you who make the RNLI what it is today, and recognise the sacrifices and efforts undertaken in giving your time, energy and positivity to the organisation.”

While Mr Payne was visiting New Quay lifeboat station he had another presentation to make, a certificate of thanks to Steffan Williams who raised over £2,200 for the RNLI’ Mayday Mile campaign. Steffan, 12, a pupil in Ysgol Bro Teifi, paddleboarded not just one mile but accomplished 10 miles in under four hours and smashed his target of £100.

Mr Payne said: “This is a great achievement for someone so young. Steffan has shown his determination in being a lifesaver, and he is definitely someone to watch in the future as he continues his volunteering within the RNLI.”

Steffan said: “I am so pleased that I’ve raised so much for the RNLI and want to thank everyone who has donated. It is a charity close to my heart as my dad is a crew member and I want to join when I’m older too. They are all volunteers and need our help to pay for equipment and lifeboats.”