Plymouth RNLI Lifeboat Station appeals for more volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is looking to recruit extra volunteer fundraisers and charity shop workers to support Plymouth Lifeboat Station.

RNLI/Karen Butler

Plymouth Lifeboat Station. Credit Karen Butler

The station at Millbay Marina is home to two lifeboats, the larger all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover and the smaller inshore lifeboat Millennium Forester.

Chairman Dave Lister said: ‘Plymouth Lifeboat Station is part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which is funded entirely by donations. The main focus of our recruitment is to find extra volunteers to join our dedicated team of fundraisers. We are looking for people to help at fundraising events, work at the RNLI shop on the historic Plymouth Barbican, empty collection boxes and even run their own events with friends and family.’

The lifeboats provide cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the Port of Plymouth, including the rivers Tamar, Lyhner, Tavy, Plym, Yealm and Erme; and the surrounding coastline into both Bigbury and Whitsand Bays.

Dave added: ‘We’re seeking enthusiastic people who may have some spare time and are looking for a new challenge. Our shop volunteers gain valuable experience in areas such as customer service, stock display and cash handling and our fundraisers help to organise fun events and raise money within the local community.


‘Full training is given for all our roles and it’s a great way to meet new friends and enhance your CV while helping to raise vital funds and awareness for our lifesaving charity.’

For more information about the individual opportunities, please contact Chairman, Dave Lister, through Plymouth Lifeboat Station (Plymouth@rnli.org.uk), our shop in Southside Street, Plymouth, Barbican or phone Dave on 07553080231.

Notes to editors

  • Plymouth RNLI lifeboat has been operating since 1862. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/plymouth

  • Attached picture of Plymouth lifeboat station. Credit Karen Butler.

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