Sidmouth Lifeboat appeals for new shop volunteers

PUBLISHED: 10:05 20 June 2017

Sidmouth Lifeboat Station on The Esplanade

Sidmouth Lifeboat Station on The Esplanade


Sidmouth Lifeboat is looking for new volunteers to come forward to help man its gift shop.

The charity is recruiting new helpers to give up to four hours a week at the lifeboat station.

Volunteer Brian Diffey says the lifeboat relies heavily on proceeds from the shop, which is run entirely by volunteers, seven days a week.

It is open from 10am to 4pm in winter and to 5pm in summer.

Roland Westlake, who has been a volunteer for four-and-a-half-years, said: “Our support team is the Sidmouth lifeboat’s public face.

“Each day they open up, put out the two ‘dummies’ Sid and Alma, that play a vital role in collecting donations from passers-by.

“During the whole day the duty volunteers will welcome and talk to visitors from all over the UK and beyond.

“Our range of good value gifts is very popular and makes a significant contribution to our funding.”

To volunteer, or for more information, drop into the shop.

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