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Broadstairs RNLI sales volunteers celebrate a successful season

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI sales kiosk volunteers who had worked hard during the summer season in Broadstairs had an end of season get together yesterday to celebrate their success.

Broadstairs sales kiosk team

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Broadstairs sales kiosk team

The event was kindly hosted by the Broadstairs Sailing Club who provide the free use of the kiosk for the RNLI to sell souvenirs. Also in attendance was Amanda Champs, the RNLI Margate Shop Manager who kindly supplied the stock for the kiosk.

A presentation of a framed photo taken by Ramsgate Lifeboat Treasurer, Steve Burton, was presented to Sailing Club Commodore Pat Clarke by the kiosk manager, Jean Hefford, as a thank you to the Sailing Club for all their support.

Jean Hefford announced that the kiosk had taken in excess of £5,000 during the season and thanked all the kiosk volunteers, Amanda Champs and the Broadstairs Sailing Club for all their hard work and support.

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