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From thousands of crew members and volunteers across the UK, Kyle's Pat Mucklow has been singled out by the RNLI as they mark International Women's Day. (March 8)

Since she was just 23 years old Pat, now turned 80, has been involved with the rescue organisation and worn many hats - not to mention a few helmets - as everything from a crew member to station treasurer, secretary, shop volunteer and fundraiser

Recently she was awarded both the RNLI Silver and Gold Badge for working with the charity for over half a century and to mark Pat's involvement the RNLI have put together her very special story.

Originally a member of the Mallaig lifeboat she moved to Kyle just prior to the port's new lifeboat arriving for trials in spring 1995 when she was invited to be the station treasurer.

She said: "Although age prevented me going out to sea any longer, I could still man the radio at the lifeboat station and I had first aid training under my belt.

"I later became the souvenir secretary and ran the RNLI shop for 8 years. These days, I’m the station and fundraising treasurer as well as the collection box secretary - I travel a couple of hundred miles at a time to help empty them. I like to thank the individuals and let them know how much they’ve raised for the RNLI - it’s a great encouragement.

"Even at my age, I’m still able to help. One day a year, I sit at our local supermarket - it’s amazing what you can do with just a bucket and smile! And I make a lot of jams and marmalades for our fundraising events - they’re always a great seller. Life is very busy."

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