Company behind Valentine Road development in Hunstanton donate £500 for RNLI PPE
RNLI Hunstanton has received a welcome boost with a £500 donation from McCarthy and Stone, the company behind the new development on Valentine Road in the town.
McCarthy and Stone’s sales consultant, Lauren Duke presented the crew with the cheque, which will be used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Hunstanton lifeboat operations manager Rigil Kent said: “It’s vital we ensure our volunteer crew have all the PPE required to keep them as safe as possible while they risk their lives to save others.
"The Covid pandemic has caused an increase in cost due to PPE, whilst many fundraising events have had to be postponed or cancelled. This donation will ensure our ability to keep our crews out at sea.”
He also thanked McCarthy and Stone for the "generous donation".
Samantha Watkins, deputy divisional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “Here at McCarthy and Stone, we appreciate our responsibilities go further than building high-quality retirement apartments - we also seek to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build.
"The RNLI Hunstanton provides a vital service that undertakes lifesaving work, so we are delighted to be able to offer our support. We would also like to extend our thanks for the important service that it provides.”
Hunstanton is one of 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland operated by the RNLI. The charity also provides seasonal lifeguard services on more than 240 beaches around the UK.
The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives. Hunstanton’s volunteer crew operate a 24/7 rescue service using one of only four hovercrafts in the RNLI’s fleet, the Hunstanton Flyer, and the D-Class inshore lifeboat Spirit of Norfolk.
The Valentine Road development, Eastland Grange, features 55 one and two bedroom apartments for the over 70s, with prices currently starting from £207,450.
A spokesperson said: "There is also a range of flexible retirement living solutions whether purchasing outright, renting, or taking advantage of the part buy, part rent options.
"Facilities at Eastland Grange include a communal lounge, ideal for socialising; landscaped gardens, a convenient guest suite and on-site Bistro restaurant."
Those interested in finding out more about Eastland Grange can call 0800 201 4741.