Looe shop volunteers Anne and Rosemarie retire after 23 years combined service
Last Thursday, 21 September 2017, Looe RNLI shop volunteers gathered to say thank you to dedicated shop volunteers Anne Hodgkinson and Rosemarie Griffin as they finished their last shift at Looe Lifeboat Station RNLI shop
Joining the shop team shortly after Looe RNLI’s Albatross boathouse and shop on the seafront at Looe opened in 2003, Anne and Rosemarie have clocked up over 23 years combined service for the charity. As well as working their weekly rota shifts, they have looked after stalls at numerous fundraising events over the years.
Presenting both ladies with orchid plants and signed cards, shop manager Allan Newman commented that much of the lifeboat shop’s success is due to volunteers like Anne and Rosemarie, and Looe Lifeboat Station was extremely lucky to have them. Over the years they have helped with the management of the shop and “showing the ropes” to new volunteers. Anne and Rosemarie always gave a friendly welcome selling RNLI gifts and souvenirs, everything sold at the shop helps our volunteer crews save lives at sea.
Anne and Rosemarie have not severed all links with Looe Lifeboat Station, the volunteers will still be seen around Looe helping out at future RNLI fundraising events.
David Haines Looe RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager says ‘The lifeboat shop is very popular with locals and visitors, everyone at the station is very proud of it.’
· Anne Hodgkinson (left) and Rosemarie Griffin (right) being presented with farewell gifts by Looe RNLI shop manager Allan Newman ( centre ) Photo credit RNLI/Ian Foster
· Anne Hodgkinson (left) and Rosemarie Griffin (right) Photo credit RNLI/Ian Foster
· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk
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