THE RNLI is paying tribute to Welsh supporters who have followed the maxim of the patron saint of Wales St David in doing the ‘little things in life’ to help keep the charity afloat.

According to tradition, in his last sermon St David told his followers to 'Do the little things’- ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’.

The RNLI are marking the upcoming feast day of Saint David by thanking supporters across Wales for the gestures which have meant so much to the lifesaving charity.

Five-year-old Darcey Payne-Burgoyne is among the individuals being thanked.

The Ysgol Bryn Hedydd pupil handed over the final donation, out of her pocket money, which was needed to ensure Rhyl Lifeboat station could receive its new Shannon class lifeboat.

Her pocket money was the final piece towards a £150,000 fundraiser.

In Llandudno, Allan Cuthbertson and his wife Cherie, life-long residents of Llandudno, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

In lieu of presents they donated £350 to Llandudno, a gesture which was greatly appreciated by the volunteer crew.

Matt Crofts, RNLI lifesaving manager, said: "As the RNLI is such a big organisation, people sometimes don’t see how their donation will make a difference. Our volunteer crew would not be able to continue saving lives if it were not for people making donations however big or small. Every penny really does count.

"The RNLI is at the heart of communities and some of these kind gestures really show the close affinity communities have with their lifeboat stations. This St Davids Day we’d like to thank everyone for doing the little things and urge them to continue doing so and help us weather the storm.

"We are exceptionally proud of all our volunteers across Wales who do a remarkable job in giving up their time whatever day of the year. It’s evident our supporters are doing their bit to show their gratitude to them. This St Davids Day we want to say ‘Diolch’ and show how much every bit of support, big or small is appreciated by our lifesaving charity."

Also supporting the Rhyl RNLI crew by making small gestures was Brenda Lycett who kindly gave up birthday presents in favor of donations.