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By Dorchester1 | Thursday, February 21, 2013, 16:47

Team members at the Wilkinson store, situated on East Street, Taunton, welcomed a special visitor to the store recently as they held a fun-packed charity weekend for the RNLI and raised over £340 in the process.

Stormy Stan, the charity's mascot, joined the store as an honorary team member for two days to raise awareness of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. RNLI merchandise was also available to buy throughout the weekend.

Darren Bowden, store manager at Wilkinson in Taunton, said: "The team loved having Stormy Stan join us for the weekend and he did a great job of raising awareness of the RNLI to our customers.

"Visitors to the store were incredibly generous and helped us to raise a great amount of money for this very worthwhile cause, which we as a team chose as our regional charity of the year."

Ros Whitlock, corporate partnerships manager at RNLI, said: 'As the charity which saves lives at sea, we rely on the generosity of the public to help provide a lifesaving service around the country's coast so are very grateful to the team members at Wilkinsons in Taunton for their continued support."

A family owned firm after more than 80 years of trading, JK Wilkinson opened the first store, situated on Charnwood Street, Leicester, in 1930. The company's portfolio has expanded significantly over the eight decades that have followed, and there are currently 372 stores across the UK, including 10 in Scotland.

Serving over 178 million customers each year, and selling over 25,000 product lines, including health & beauty, cleaning products, seasonal essentials and homewares both in store and online at Wilko.com, Wilkinsons is dedicated to providing its customers with high quality products, choice and first class, friendly service.

Wilkinsons is committed to Britain's high streets and prides itself on being a community focused retailer, actively supporting local charities, community groups and empowering its team members to support great causes that are locally important to them.

For more information on the RNLI, please visit www.rnli.org or follow on Twitter @RNLI



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