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

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