Blyth’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) shop is throwing open its doors in a bid to recruit new volunteers.

The shop is part of the new Blyth RNLI lifeboat station on Quay Road, which became home to the town’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers in May. An Open Day is being held on Saturday 5 April so prospective volunteers can learn more about the charity and what is involved in running the lifesaving shop.

It is one of 132 shops around the coast of the UK and Republic of Ireland, all selling RNLI souvenirs, cards and maritime-themed items. To help run its Blyth shop, the charity is looking for enthusiastic people who may want to gain retail experience in areas such as customer service, stock display, replenishment, housekeeping and cash handling while at the same time helping to raise funds for the RNLI.

Blyth RNLI volunteer shop manager, Katie Mitcheson, said: ‘Several of the volunteers who joined us when the shop opened were unemployed at the time but have recently found work, partly as a result of the great experience they gained volunteering for the RNLI, and so sadly have had to leave us.

‘Because we are situated in the lifeboat station, our volunteers feel part of the vital lifesaving role the crew are carrying out. And so, on top of receiving full training, gaining excellent retail experience and possibly a new group of friends, our volunteers also know they are supporting the amazing work of the RNLI.’

Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to an Open Day at the shop in the new Blyth RNLI lifeboat station, Quay Road, Blyth, NE24 3PA on Saturday 5 April, 11am – 3pm. For more information contact Katie Mitcheson on 0191 2371396 or 07923 511720

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