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Whitby RNLI Shop needs you..

Lifeboats News Release

Whitby RNLI shop which celebrated raising a staggering £5 million in 2019 desperately needs new volunteers to join the team.

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Whitby RNLI Shop manager Barrie Lazenby with volunteer Chris Green

The shop and museum, near the west pier in Whitby are on the site of the old lifeboat station and one of the old rowing lifeboats is still housed there today.

Barrie Lazenby the shop manager said: 'Recently we have had to close a few days a week due to lack of volunteers, we would really like to keep our position as one of the best performing lifeboat shops in the country.

If you are looking for a part time voluntary role it is ideal for a friendly person who wishes to meet like-minded people and enjoys chatting to the public.

We get a lot of visitors through our doors as well as regulars who support the RNLI year on year, we need to be open every day as the town gets busier to be able to continue to raise money for the lifesaving charity.

It is a really rewarding job especially when you're in the shop and look out through the doors to see the lifeboat heading out of the harbour on a rescue, knowing you're helping to raise funds to keep the lifeboat crew safe, and to save lives, it is something very special.'

Volunteer Chris Green who is the sister in law of Whitby's Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'If anyone is curious about volunteering with us they should come and have a look around the shop and see how lovely it is, the museum is fantastic too. It's a great place to work,'

If you can offer a few hours a week we'd love to hear from you. For more information on the role visit

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]

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Whitby RNLI Shop manager Barrie Lazenby outside the shop.

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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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