Ur­gent plea for lifeboat shop staff vol­un­teers

The Oban Times - - News -

THE RNLI shop in Mal­laig is in des­per­ate need of new vol­un­teers to avoid clo­sure.

The lifeboat sta­tion in Mal­laig was estab­lished in 1951 and the shop, which has been open since 1998, is one of 160 RNLI shops across the UK and Ire­land, rais­ing money for the char­ity that saves lives at sea. The pop­u­lar shop opens from April to Septem­ber.

It is planned to re- open this month, but vol­un­teers are needed to keep the shop open through­out the sum­mer, or it is at risk of clo­sure.

Au­drey McKay, fundrais­ing chair­woman, said: ‘ We un­der­stand most peo­ple have many de­mands on their time, so we’re not ask­ing much. If you feel you could spend a bit of time help­ing us to run our shop we’d love to hear from you. The money raised in the shop and through our fundrais­ing events is used to train and equip the vol­un­teer lifeboat crew.’

Shop man­ager Ann Cur­rie re­tired from her vol­un­teer post of shop man­ager last sea­son af­ter 18 years. She said: ‘My hus­band was the coxswain at the sta­tion un­til he re­tired so I have a strong link with the lifeboat sta­tion. I started sell­ing items in the shop as my way of sup­port­ing the RNLI. I have thor­oughly en­joyed my time vol­un­teer­ing at the shop.’

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