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97 SPONSORED BY PREMIER NOSS ON DART


NEWS FROM THE RNLI LIFEBOAT TEAM IN DARTMOUTH


THE RNLI VISITOR CENTRE by Tracey Lucas, RNLI Visitor Centre Manager. ‘We have enjoyed the best year since we fully opened in 2015, both financially and through visitor experience. Although we are still unable to mea-


sure our actual footfall it has been clear that we have had more visitors coming through the doors and many are staying for longer. Often families will spend between 20 and 45 min- utes enjoying our displays, using the interactive attractions and talking and listening to our volunteers. Financially, our Visitor Centre (VC) had an exceptional year. Our sales have risen by 16%. Our donation figure – small amounts that are either given to the volunteers or put into the donation boxes in the VC has again topped the £5,000 figure, £5,270 a 3% rise on last year. 100% of this goes directly to the RNLI. I have a team of around 30 volun-


teers which enables us to open seven days a week. However, a few vacan- cies have arisen as we start this year. I need one person for Wednesday afternoons from Easter and we need two people to cover Sunday morn- ings. We have started to advertise for new volunteers and in the meantime cover between us when we can.


Financially, our Visitor Centre had an


exceptional year. Our sales have risen by 16%


Our VC is in fairly good condition.


The new interactive “dress the crew” game has proved very successful and popular with our visitors. We were one of a few RNLI VCs to


be given the new Helly Hanson crew gear for children. It is identical to the adult crew gear in every detail. Children love dressing up in it and


the team have been asked on many occasions if they can buy the jackets! Our number one request will now


be to replace the continuous film that we have running showing local rescues. Thursday 17 October 2019 was the


day for Key stage II children from lo- cal primary schools to attend various workshops in Dartmouth, arranged by the Dartmouth Food Festival. For the first time the RNLI were


invited to teach the children about staying safe by the water and 79 children in eight groups were seen at the RNLI Visitor Centre. The aim was to teach the children the RNLI’s four key safety messages when on or near the water and the teaching was based around the D class lifeboat in the Centre.


The RNLI Visitor Centre is at 9 South Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9BH.


Opening times and the contact phone number are shown at the foot of our RNLI Station website. See end of this article


ABOUT LT. SOPHIE RENNIE ‘By day I am the Cadet Liaison Officer at BRNC. I look after the visiting Combined Cadet Forces from schools in the South West. At weekends, and weather permitting, you might see me driving a picket boat full of cadets up and down the river. Being a diver means that I come


into contact with the RNLI, generally for all the wrong reasons – such as when boats break down or divers get into difficulty. Whilst it has not happened to me personally, I have


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