RNLI shops seek new volunteers in Cornwall to help raise vital funds

Lifeboats News Release

With shops due to reopen next month and the RNLI gearing up for a very busy summer in the south west, the team is looking for new volunteers in our shops around Cornwall to help us raise vital funds.

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RNLI mascot Stormy Stan with a volunteer at an RNLI shop

The lifesaving charity is recruiting for new volunteers in the shops at Falmouth, Newquay, Mevagissey, Fowey, and Sennen Cove. This is an important role in which volunteers interact with customers, operate the till and card machine, and champion the RNLI.

After lockdowns meant that shops had to close for much of the past year, this marks an exciting time to join the team as the RNLI shops have been made Covid-secure and are ready to reopen their doors next month and welcome back customers.

Altogether, RNLI shops around the country attract almost 1 million visitors every year, selling an excellent range of unique and competitively priced products ranging from jam to clothing, and key rings to model boats, all to raise vital funds for our volunteer crew members and lifeguards to save lives at sea. We are expecting our shops to be particularly popular this year due to the predicted boom in staycations and people enjoying days out at the coast.

Andy Bramwell, RNLI Community Manager in Cornwall, said:

‘Our shops are incredibly important to the RNLI. Not only do they raise much needed funds for lifesaving, they are also at the heart of coastal communities here in Cornwall. Volunteering in our shops is a great introduction to the RNLI and every conversation our volunteers have with our customers contributes to lifesaving by raising money, sharing water safety knowledge or inspiring the next generation of lifeboat crew.’

‘We’re looking for enthusiastic people who are good communicators, confident handling money, and comfortable working in a customer service environment. Anyone interested in finding out more should apply online by visiting www.rnli.org/volroles.’

Notes to editors

· In Cornwall, we are looking for volunteers in the shops at Falmouth, Newquay, Mevagissey, Fowey, and Sennen Cove.

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For more information, please contact Marianne Quinn, Regional Media Officer, on Marianne_quinn@rnli.org.uk or 07786 668847.

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RNLI shop volunteer

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