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FLAMBOROUGH RNLI shop is asking for helpers, so that it can carry on helping other people – and it’s inviting potiential volunteers to an open day.

The souvenir shop on Southsea Road, Flamborough, sells all sorts of products, from jams to sweatshirts, buckets and spades to sweets. But because all the money raised is ploughed back into the lifeboat service, the shop relies on voluntary workers to keep it open – and it could do with more.

Ali Thomson, the RNLI’s regional retail manager, said: “It’s a lovely place to work, in a beautiful setting, but we need more volunteers so that we can open up more often.

“100% of our profits go to saving lives at sea, so we rely on volunteers, and we’re struggling to open the shop as often as we would like.

“No experience is necessary, and it’s a great atmosphere to work in, very friendly, and there are always two assistants in at a time so no-one is ever left to cope on their own.”

The Volunteer Retail Assistant Role offers all sorts of useful experience including customer service, stock display, housekeeping and cash handling – as well as the feelgood factor of knowing that you are helping to save lives at sea by raising crucial funds for the charity.

Anyone who is interested in becoming part of the RNLI’s retail crew can find out more by going along to the open afternoon next week on Friday, April 20 between 2pm and 4pm at the RNLI Souvenir Shop, Southsea Road, Flamborough. The shop is one of 132 across the UK and Ireland, all dedicated to raising funds to keep the vital work of the RNLI going.