Fundraisers needed to help keep RNLI afloat

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 November 2013

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

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Lyme Regis and Charmouth lifeboat Guild appeals for recruits

The volunteer fund-raisers whose support keeps the RNLI in Lyme Regis afloat have launched a recruiting drive to boost their numbers.

The Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild – which again this year organised the hugely successful Lifeboat Week- is looking for several volunteers to assist in a variety of activities.

Helpers are needed for the RNLI shop adjoining the lifeboat station. The shop is one of the most successful in the UK, and needs volunteers to sell RNLI gifts. A rota system is operated and helpers can work a number of shift patterns, from just two hours once a month to two to three hours weekly. Training is given and shifts can be swapped with other volunteers.

The guild is also looking for a shop housekeeper to keep the shop, bathroom and sundries area clean and tidy on a weekly basis.

A committee member is also required to help in fundraising work. The committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month, except for August and December, and the annual meeting is normally in April.

Collectors play a vital role, especially during Lifeboat Week. This year they helped to raise more than £31,000. Also during the week volunteers are needed to help with the safe running of events, ranging from sandcastle competitions to the bathtub race.

There is also a vacancy for someone to produce a newsletter twice a year.

Guild secretary Carys Lowe said: “Our volunteers carry out a wide range of duties, and it really does feel good to know we are helping to save lives at sea with our fund-raising efforts.

“We are a hard working and friendly bunch of people and will give a warm welcome to anyone who wants to join us.”

Men and women from the age of 16 who would like to volunteer for any role should contact carysira@aol.com, 01297 442448, or leave their details at the RNLI shop.


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