Walton and Frinton RNLI funds boosted by Co-op Funeral Services

Lifeboats News Release

Walton and Frinton RNLI is set to benefit from a fundraising campaign scheme supported by recently bereaved families.

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Walton and Frinton volunteer crew member Miranda Rayner accepting the cheque from East of England Co-op Funeral Services Maria Leach

Walton and Frinton RNLI recently received a donation of £1250 from the East of England Co-op Funeral Service’s Community Giving Scheme, which launched In November 2018.

Maria Leach, from the East of England Co-op Funeral Services, came to the station to present the cheque and learn more about the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Maria said: 'Arranging a funeral is a very emotional time and as well as planning a fitting tribute, we pride ourselves on developing a trusting, open and supportive relationship with friends and family.

'This extends to the period after the funeral itself – a time when lots of bereaved people feel rather lost and alone.

'The Community Giving Scheme was designed as a way for us to encourage these people to help us do something positive for good causes in memory of the person they have lost.

'It’s been a hugely successful and well-received programme since the scheme launched in November 2018.'

Families are sent a voting card following a funeral service and have a chance to vote for one of three good causes.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of Walton and Frinton RNLI, volunteer crew member Miranda Rayner said: 'We were delighted to have been picked to receive £1250 from the scheme.

'At Walton and Frinton RNLI we always appreciate support from our local community but when people remember us at what must be a very difficult time for them, it is very humbling.'

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or email Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or email Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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