July 2011 - Best Volunteer

112484-488_LIFEGUARDS_SR_12/7/11'Parkinson's Disease sufferer Pauline Betteridge returns to Southsea seafront to thank lifeguards Liz Hurrell and Roly Warmington who rescued her  from the beach when she collapsed there on Sunday.''Picture:Steve Reid 112484-488
112484-488_LIFEGUARDS_SR_12/7/11'Parkinson's Disease sufferer Pauline Betteridge returns to Southsea seafront to thank lifeguards Liz Hurrell and Roly Warmington who rescued her from the beach when she collapsed there on Sunday.''Picture:Steve Reid 112484-488
Alfie Evans, Lillie-May Osman and Theo Green at Buckland Community Centre  Pictures: Habibur Rahman

Families of children with special needs unite at Stand Up! activity afternoon in Buckland

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A grandmother was rescued from a beach when she was unable to move by five members of Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards.

Pauline Betteridge said the experience showed her the goodness of people in Portsmouth when, trapped by herself on Southsea beach, she was rescued by the group’s kindness.

Pauline, 73, suffers from Parkinson’s disease and said: ‘I couldn’t move. I was very uncomfortable and didn’t know what to do.’

As Mrs Betteridge, of Chichester Road, North End, lay on the beach, alone, she was approached by five members of the volunteer team who helped her into a wheelchair and carried her off the beach. Volunteer Roly Warmington, 51, led the group which helped Mrs Betteridge.

He said: ‘We’re all volunteers as we have week jobs. It was lovely to be thanked by Mrs Betteridge, and we’re all very glad she’s well.’