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Region pledges support for lifesaving service

18 May 2012

Persimmon Anglia has selected the RNLI Lowestoft Lifeboat station as its chosen charity for 2012

One of the UK’s leading housing developers is hoping to raise vital funds for the RNLI Lowestoft Lifeboat station after selecting it as the company’s chosen charity for the year.

Persimmon Homes Anglia – which operates housing developments across Norfolk and Suffolk – will hold fundraising activities throughout the year to help support the charity’s lifeboat and volunteer crew, as they respond to all types of incidents.

Recently, these have ranged from fishing boats in distress, a yacht with its sails blown out at the height of a thunderstorm and people in the water.

The ‘Spirit of Lowestoft’ Tyne class offshore lifeboat carries a crew of five-seven volunteers and is moored afloat adjacent to the South Pier at one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the British Isles, established in 1801.

Local fundraising chairman Josie Moore said: “We are delighted to be the chosen charity for Persimmon Homes Anglia region. I am sure it will be a fantastic year with both sides benefitting from this partnership.

“Without support like this, our dedicated crews could not be trained to the highest standards to do the job they do. They often go to sea when everyone else has moored up in safe havens because of bad weather.

“The lifeboat is so named as local people raised most of the money to pay for it. The other money came from legacies.”

Persimmon Homes’ managing director Andrew Fuller added: “The lifeboat is a service that is expertly run and the unpaid volunteers on call 24/7 to help people who are in need of emergency assistance.

“It is important to us as a local business to help raise funds as the charity receives no government funding.

“The Persimmon team in the region is looking forward to hosting lots of fun events and taking part in many fundraising activities to support the Lowestoft Lifeboat.

“We place a huge emphasis on serving the community and in giving something back.”

Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 139,000 lives.

Persimmon Homes Anglia region operates new homes developments from its regional headquarters in Lowestoft.

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