Opening the doors of the Jersey shop that Saves Lives at Sea

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI’s Jersey shop will be re-opening for the spring and summer season this weekend all thanks to a team of more than 30 dedicated volunteers who give their time freely to save lives at sea.

Volunteers from the Jersey Lifeboat Guild prepare for the opening. From left to right: Josephine Spary, Chairman of the Jersey Lifeboat Guild and shop volunteer, Mary Mimmack, shop manager and Michelene Vezier, deputy shop manager.

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Volunteers from the Jersey Lifeboat Guild prepare for the opening. From left to right: Josephine Spary, Chairman of the Jersey Lifeboat Guild and shop volunteer, Mary Mimmack, shop manager and Michelene Vezier, deputy shop manager.

The shop, based at St Helier Lifeboat Station, is run by the Jersey Lifeboat Guild with all money raised going to fund the RNLI’s lifeboat stations and lifeguards.

The charity has two lifeboat stations on Jersey, St Helier and St Catherine and has lifeguards on four of the island’s beaches who operate during the spring and summer months.

‘We’re all very excited about the shop opening up again after the long winter months,’ said shop manager Mary Mimmack.

‘We’ve got a great team in place and we are really looking forward to welcoming people into the shop and showing them all the great items we’ve got for sale this year’.

At the opening, at 11am this Saturday (March 24), shop volunteers will be joined by lifeboat crew and lifeguards. The shop will be adorned with a special blue and orange balloon arch, and refreshments will be on hand to welcome the season’s first customers.

The RNLI shop will be open until 2pm and will then be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 2pm, until the week before Christmas.

Items on sale in the shop include the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies, RNLI mugs, clothing, toys and confectionary. Volunteers from the shop will also be taking some of the charity’s products on the road, with a stall at the Jersey Boat Show and the St Lawrence Charity Horse Show, as well as other events.

Photo Caption: Volunteers from the Jersey Lifeboat Guild prepare for the opening. From left to right: Josephine Spary, Chairman of the Jersey Lifeboat Guild and shop volunteer, Mary Mimmack, shop manager and Michelene Vezier, deputy shop manager.

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Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Manager (London/East/South East) on 07785 296252 or 0207 6207416, paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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