Sennen Cove RNLI shop seek volunteers to join life-saving ‘family’

Lifeboats News Release

Sennen Cove RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) shop is looking for volunteers to join the team to help them raise the vital funds needed to continue the charity’s lifesaving work at sea.

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Volunteer Shop Manager, Rosalie Whitlock, in the shop at Penzance

With Covid restrictions continuing to lift and the arrival of warm weather, this summer is set to be very busy across Cornwall. Sennen RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards have already been out on the coast keeping people safe, however, they can’t do their jobs without the important work of the volunteers.

Andy Bramwell, RNLI Community Manager, said:

‘Sennen Cove RNLI shop is a key part the lifeboat station and you get an amazing view of the lifeboat and any launches through the huge gallery window in the boat house. We are looking for volunteers to run the shop and talk about the lifeboat and station history, in a special all-in-one role in one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall.

We will be running an open evening for volunteers on July 15 during which anyone interested in volunteering can come and find out more about the roles. Weather permitting you’ll be able to see Sennen Cove’s Tamar class lifeboat City of London III launch down the slipway into the cove.’

Rosalie Whitlock, who has been volunteering with the RNLI for much of her life, and continues to manage the neighbouring RNLI shop in Penzance said,

‘We are always looking for help in the shops so don’t be afraid to come and join us because we’d be delighted if you did. It really is like joining a family and wherever you go you are welcomed.’

Altogether, RNLI shops around the country attract almost 1 million visitors every year, selling a wide range of products from jam to clothing, and key rings to model boats. But it’s not just the hard sell that you need to master, Rosalie says;

The main focus of course is the lifeboat and the volunteer crews, who without us, couldn’t go on shouts. For me I feel that in some way I am helping to save a life out at sea on our treacherous coasts, and that is motivation enough to do what I do and keep going.’

Anyone interested in finding out more should apply online by visiting www.rnli.org/volroles

Note to editor

· Please see attached a picture of Rosalie Whitlock, Volunteer Shop Manager for Penzance RNLI, credit: RNLI

· Open Day will be Thursday 15 July 4pm-7.30pm at Sennen Lifeboat Station

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