RNLI in Selsey is on the lookout for a new press officer volunteer

THE RNLI lifeboat station branch in Selsey has launched an urgent appeal to find a volunteer who can help raise awareness of their lifesaving work in the local media.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution relies on volunteers to crew its lifeboats on rescue missions, but one of the less well-known volunteer roles is that of the lifeboat press officer.

As a charity, the lifeboat service relies on raising awareness of its work, in order to raise the essential funds that are needed to keep its lifeboats afloat.

The role of the press officer is crucial to this, providing a link between what the lifeboat crew do and members of the public.

Colvin Rae, chairman of Selsey RNLI lifeboat station branch, said: “We have just bid farewell to our most recent press officer, Roger Browell, after he and his wife moved away from the area.

“It’s often the case that a crew member’s spouse or friend, or someone who supports the station locally, is keen to be involved, but on this occasion we have drawn a blank.

“We’re hoping to attract someone who can help us spread the word about the rescues that our crew go on, and possibly some of the fundraising that goes on for the RNLI.

“And, in the same way that our volunteer crew members don’t necessarily need marine or sailing experience, the press officer doesn’t have to be a fully fledged public relation’s guru.

“The RNLI can provide full training for the right candidate and will support them throughout. Essentially, this is a chance to make a real difference to our reputation and be involved with a dedicated, enthusiastic group of people.

“All we would ask is that the person is keen to learn about the lifeboats and would be happy to be a spokesperson about the wider charity.”

For an informal discussion about the role, contact Tim Ash on 0207 6207426, email tim_ash@rnli.org.uk

For more information visit www.selseylifeboats.co.uk