Friday, October 25, 2013
Brian Cursley set to retire as manager of the Lyme Regis lifeboat store - one of the most profitable in the country
The man credited with turning the tiny RNLI charity shop in Lyme Regis into a national success story is handing over the helm.
Brian Cursley,72, has announced he is standing down as volunteer manager of the harbourside store after four years
For the past three years the shop has been placed second in the charity’s ‘league table’ of more than 200 outlets across Britain. It is currently second to the much larger operation at Whitby and above such major locations as Southend.
Sales at the Lyme Regis shop have risen by 75 per cent over the past three years.
Brian confirmed his decision to stand down at a coffee morning for some of the shop’s 40 volunteer assistants yesterday (Wednesday).
He said his wife, Jo, was retiring as a researcher at Exeter University, and they had plans to travel.
Assistant shop manager Janet Clayton has started a search for a replacement.
She said: “He will be very difficult to replace. Brian put in a phenomenal amount of work to make the shop a tremendous success.”
Anyone interested in taking on the role – or sharing it – should contact Janet on 07774965192 or email@example.com.