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Tobermory RNLI is seeking shop volunteers to help save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s successful lifeboat shop is looking for new volunteers to join its committed, friendly and enthusiastic team.

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat shop

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Tobemory RNLI lifeboat shop

The shop, which is located at the lifeboat station, helps to raise vital funds to help the RNLI to continue to save lives at sea. There is a small and enthusiastic team of volunteers who have increased sales in the shop by 11% last year as well as providing information to visitors. The shop is now ranked 81st out of 167 shops in the RNLI which is a tribute to their hard work given that many lifeboat shops are on the busy south coast of England.

The team are looking for new volunteers to join them who can either commit to a regular shift or can give up just a few hours a month.

Tobermory RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Our shop volunteers are an integral part of the station. Whilst the team have been very successful in the last few years with us seeing increased sales and footfall both in the shop and the visitor centre, we know that with more volunteers we can do so much more, especially as the number of visitors to the island is on the increase. Even if you can just commit to an hour or two a month, that could make a real difference and help us to continue to save lives at sea.’

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Shop Manager, Alan Robson on 07760 426351.

Inside Tobermory RNLI's lifeboat shop

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Inside Tobermory RNLI's lifeboat shop

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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