Coffee morning will boost Caister lifeboat funds

The lifeboat makes a speedy return to shore. The Caister Lifeboat remembrance day service on Sunday,

The lifeboat makes a speedy return to shore. The Caister Lifeboat remembrance day service on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Photo: Maurice Gray - Credit: Archant

A Caister funeral home has organised a coffee morning fundraising event in support of a team of lifesavers based in the village.

The East of England Co-op Funeral branch has set up an coffee, cake and chat event at Caister Lifeboat Station on February 8 between 10am and 1pm.

It is open to everyone and instead of tickets, event organisers are asking for a small donation towards coffee and cake.

Raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses, including a large hamper of locally sourced goodies provided by the East of England Co-op. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the morning and will be drawn on the day.

Katie Rogers, funeral arranger and branch manager said: 'The service the Caister Lifeboat station provides for the local community is invaluable.

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'A small donation to such a worthwhile charity makes such a big difference, and we are only too glad to help.

'We welcome anyone to join us for the coffee morning, which not only supports a good cause but also provides a great opportunity to meet friends and neighbours.'

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The idea for the event was formed after the Caister funeral branch started working closely with the lifeboat station on a service to help the bereaved scatter their loved ones' ashes at sea.

Derek George, secretary at Caister Lifeboat Station, said: 'Caister is one of only two offshore lifeboat stations in the UK that is independent of the RNLI.

'We operate entirely thanks to volunteers and public donations, so we are extremely grateful to the East of England Co-op Funeral Services for this much-needed support.'

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