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Caister students boost Centre 81’s new home appeal

Posted on February 10, 2020

Centre 81’s Pop in a Pound community appeal to raise money for a new home was boosted when students from Caister Academy popped in with a cheque for £871.07.  The cheque was handed over by Emily Moyse and Henry Hoyle, both 13, who said the money had been raised through a cake sale, sponsored non-uniform day and a teacher dance-off.

“We wanted to support Centre 81 because of the amazing work they do here. It’s a really good cause,” said Henry. The charity runs a skills and activities centre for more than 80 disabled people and operates a community transport service with over 700 users.

The students were accompanied by Caister Academy staff members Mel Simm and Alison Baldwin, whose daughter Martha is a facilitator at Centre 81.

The charity’s Pop in a Pound appeal is part of a £1.5million drive to buy and convert alternative premises in Great Yarmouth. The move to a larger building will enable Centre 81 to help more disabled people and their carers, and secure its long-term future.  It is negotiating the sale of its current site in Tar Works Road and has secured a grant of £250,000 from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Diana Staines, chief executive of Centre 81, said: “A huge thank you to the students and staff of Caister Academy for their fantastic support. It’s so encouraging to know that the local community is supporting us in our ambition to secure a new home.”

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