Ramsey RNLI Shop is Officially Relaunched
The shop that saves lives at sea, Ramsey RNLI Shop, was officially relaunched on Saturday (19 May) following an extensive refurbishment earlier in the year.
Andy Cowie, Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners, ably assisted by Stormy Stan the RNLI’s mascot, cut the blue and orange ribbon with a giant pair of scissors. Also in attendance were Ramsey Coxswain Mark Kenyon and some of Ramsey lifeboat crew volunteers, who had taken a well earned break from the Station’s charity car wash being held just around the corner. Refreshments were on hand to welcome guests and visitors.
The shop, which can be found on Market Hill, Ramsey, is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, closing at 3pm on Wednesdays. Items for purchase include RNLI’s iconic children’s yellow wellies, Ramsey RNLI lifeboat mugs, clothing, toys, confectionery, greetings cards, souvenirs and much, much more.
With shop manager Bernie Bevan at the helm, a team of 24 volunteers give their time freely to help the RNLI charity raise vital funds. Bernie said: ‘We are so pleased with the refit. The new shop fittings allow the merchandise to be displayed in a more attractive way and give customers a better shopping experience. We’ve got a fantastic team in place and we are really looking forward to welcoming people into the shop and showing them all the lovely items that we have for sale.’
Meanwhile back at Ramsey RNLI Lifeboat Station a busy lifeboat crew raised over £300 for the RNLI’s annual Mayday appeal with their charity car wash.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.