Jempson’s help fuel the RNLI

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Part of the "dream team" at Jempson's

We are all in one way or another being affected by the petrol ‘crisis’, whether it has been not being able to get to work because of no petrol in our tanks, deliveries being late or food shortages because of lack of transport.

It is very British in times like these to pull together and support one another. There have been many days of long queues of people waiting for tankers to arrive especially in and around Rye. Social media has played a vital role in alerting people to which garages are open and when the petrol was due to arrive. Jempson’s has been sending out daily updates to help people manage their needs better. Some people requiring only groceries could not access the store as the petrol queues were getting in the way. Forecourt manager, Louis Loades, of Jempson’s Peasmarsh petrol station and his team have been working six days in a row and for many, many longer hours than normal to help minimise the stress at the pumps.

Louis told me that they have been amazed at the kindness of the public who have been giving them treats, cakes and cards to thank them for how they have dealt with the long queues.

“We have been mindful of the needs of care-workers, doctors, nurses and all the emergency services and helping where we could. The RNLI at Rye Harbour was very low on fuel which meant that launching for a shout was in jeopardy. We were able to organise their petrol needs for the Atlantic 85 and ensure there was enough fuel for four trips. I would like to thank my team for remaining calm and helpful throughout even though they were often tired. Ethan, my right-hand man, worked alongside me marshalling traffic and keeping things moving.”

Stephen Jempson, owner of the family firm, commented: “We are pleased to have been of assistance to the crew at RNLI Rye Harbour during the present fuel crisis. From the outset of the operation we have recognised the valuable work they do alongside the key worker community and are pleased to open up our fuel supply to them as required.”

Image Credits: Kt Bruce .

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