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Port Talbot RNLI shop volunteers have bumper fundraising day

Lifeboats News Release

Six RNLI shop volunteers took on three sales and fundraising opportunities in the local community on Sunday 21 May.

RNLI/Debbie Russell

Morrisons Car boot

Morrisons Supermarket reinstated their ever popular car boot, which had stopped due to Covid. The team were out early for an 8am set up using kind donations of books, toys and clothing from the wider team and also friends of the station.

The car boot was a great success for the team and £63 was raised which goes a long way to helping save lives at sea.

At 9.30am our station shop situated at the slip on Aberavon beach opened and with the glorious weather it was a haven for families and what way to spend the day but by building sandcastles on the beach. Demand was so great for buckets and spades the shop team had to hop online and place more orders to ensure that they are fully stocked for the summer.

The most special event of the day was reserved for the Port Talbot Community fun day organised by a local business owner and the charity Shop Manager of Friends of Sandville in Bridgend. Sandville is an inspiring charity that supports people with life limiting and life changing conditions. Heather and Dawn decided to organise the family fun day to give a little something back to the local community by providing a fun and exciting day out for all the family whilst supporting local business and charities.

Heather Jones, Shop Manager of Friends of Sandville said: ‘The theme of the event which will happen every third Sunday each month was to fundraise for a different charity which giving local businesses an opportunity to sell their products and raise awareness of their business. This month the £241 raised will go to Port Talbot Town U7’s football team so that they can buy a new kit. Next month all donations will be given to the Port Talbot lifeboat station.

Kirstee David, Port Talbot RNLI Shop Manager said: 'It was a pleasure to be able to take stock from our shop to the market and to have the opportunity to raise awareness of the good work that we do. We are even more thrilled that next month's donation will be donated to our station’.

To end the festivities there was a penalty shoot out and our very own mascot Stormy Stan took to goals and saved the day!

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RNLI/Heather Jones

Stormy and Gang

RNLI/Kirstee David

Stormy's penalty shoot out

RNLI/Heather Jones

Shop Volunteers Anita and Jo

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