AN Alnwick store welcomed a special visitor to help its fund-raising efforts.
Stormy Stan, the official mascot of the RNLI, called in to Sainsbury’s, which has chosen Amble Lifeboat Station as its main charity for the year.
Fund-raising events there have already raised £1,700 for the charity.
Staff and customers are planning to boost that total on the RNLI’s biggest annual fund-raising day – SOS Day – on Friday, January 27, with events in the store.
A fund-raising event will also be held at Amble Lifeboat Station on Sunday, January 29.
The RNLI is at present re-equipping all its volunteer crews with new state-of-the-art life jackets.
Lifeboat crews at the 33 lifeboat stations in the RNLI North Division are due to receive the innovative life jackets in the coming months, at an average cost of around £3,000 per lifeboat station.
Incorporating the latest material technology, the new life jackets have been designed by the RNLI and manufacturer Crewsaver.
RNLI Inspector Andy Clift says: “The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat men and women often put themselves in difficult and dangerous situations while rescuing others.
“To help them carry out their role as safely as possible, we owe it to our crews to provide them with the very best equipment available.
“However, our charity is only able to do that with the generosity and support of the public, who I hope will do all they can to help us raise the funds needed to give our lifeboat volunteers new life jackets in 2012.”