This week I am highlighting a charity that is vital to life on the coast but one that goes unnoticed until we need it in an hour of need. One of only two independent lifeboat stations in the country, the voluntary crew at Caister-on-Sea provide rescue cover around the clock every day of the year. They do so at great personal risk and for no financial remuneration.
A service like this requires mammoth financial backing, as it costs £3,000 per week to keep the station operational. Chairman Paul Garrod and a team of dedicated fundraisers, who work tirelessly to raise this money every year, lead this task. You can show your support to the team by popping into the visitor’s centre, which at the moment is open every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm. You will be able to look at the lifeboat, learn more about the service and even get a mug of crew tea. They have a thriving Friends of Caister Lifeboat scheme and numerous fundraising events throughout the year – find out more at their website.
16th August 2011