RNLI shop at Dunbar Lifeboat Station, Victoria Harbour

The RNLI fundraising teams are the often unsung lifeboat volunteers. Their tireless efforts are not always noticed by the public but they make a vital contribution to saving lives at sea.

In 1891, the RNLI became the first charity to organise a street collection, marking the beginning of a strong fundraising tradition and admiration that people have for the crews and lifeguards.


Marie and Ken Headley along with two of the volunteer staff, Margaret Headley and Sue Barnot

In December 2012, Scotland's first RNLI Lifeboat souvenir shop opened on Dunbar high street.

The move is a new venture for the charity that saves lives at sea and is aimed at boosting funds for the local station and the wider fleet - and follows extensive renovations by crew members and other volunteers. Ken Headley, Dunbar honorary souvenir secretary, said: "Unlike most other charity supporting shops we only sell new goods from the RNLI's extensive range of gifts and merchandise - much with a lifeboat or nautical theme. "This is the first time the institution has taken a lease on a high street shop in Scotland and we are committed to being here for a number of years."