2nd January 2019. A woman who has dedicated 15 years of her life to the National Coastwatch Institution has had her efforts recognised at an annual presentation evening in St Just.

Elsie Ash joined the NCI Cape Cornwall team as a watchkeeper but soon expanded her service to the national charity by becoming a stalwart of the fundraising team, frequently seen collecting at supermarkets, local events and even along Penzance seafront. Over the years, Elsie has raised many thousands of pounds to help continue the running of the watch station, which relies on public donations.

To mark her achievement, Elsie was presented with a long service certificate and badge during the annual NCI Cape Cornwall presentation evening, which was held at the Commercial Hotel in St Just. Elsie was presented with the award by Mike Smith, Manager of the NCI National Office in Liskeard and Brian Clemens, the Mayor of St Just.

During the evening Mr Clemens and his wife Val, who own Clemo’s Pets and DIY store in St Just, also made a donation to the Station. Over the past year they have been raising funds for NCI Cape Cornwall through the delivery charges on goods to their customers and have raised a total of £1,054.

Photograph courtesy of The Cornishman shows Elsie Ash with Mike Smith, Cllr Clemens and Station Manager Richard Saynor

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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