Donation helps lifeboat volunteers continue saving lives at sea

06 December 2023

Lifesaving volunteers who risk their own lives to rescue swimmers, sailors and dogs who get into danger off the Norfolk coast have been hailed by the team at Persimmon Homes Anglia.

A team from the Norfolk-based business visited Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service to hand over a cheque for £5,000 to the charity, supporting their vital work at sea.

Michelle Baker, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, was joined by Sales Director Jorden Knell and Head of Planning Debi Sherman for the handover and they were given a tour of the lifeboat station and neighbouring museum as they presented the money, made available through Persimmon’s Community Champions scheme.

The service is run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations and fundraising, and they are awaiting the arrival of their brand new, custom-made off-shore lifeboat in the new year after fundraising for 20 years to cover the cost.

Paul Garrod, Chairman of the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service, said “It costs £190,000 a year to keep the lifeboat service afloat here in Caister and we are grateful to Persimmon for the donation towards these costs. It means we can continue serving the people of Caister, and the rest of the country as we are always busy with holidaymakers in the summer months.

Michelle Baker, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the team of volunteers who keep this vital service operating, and ensure those using our waters are kept as safe. At Persimmon Homes we are keen to build communities and our charitable schemes help those groups and organisations who do just that – supporting those that make our towns and villages into caring and supportive communities.”

Cllr Penny Carpenter, Mayor of Great Yarmouth, joined the presentation and explained the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service is one of her chosen charities of the year. Thanking Persimmon for their donation, she said "I represent Caister, and the lifeboat volunteers represent Caister. They are such a worthy organisation and provide such a valuable service to the people of Caister.”.

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