10th February 2021. The Morrisons Foundation are generously providing a new roof for the NCI station at St Ives.
In 2019, it was agreed that the station roof had deteriorated to the point where it needed replacing. However, raising the funds for the project and the restrictions imposed by the pandemic delayed the project for over a year. Trevor Peake, NCI St Ives' Fundraising Officer, applied for a contribution towards the cost and was delighted when the Morrisons Foundation offered to fund the entire project which is scheduled to start in May. This generous donation of £10,800 is the largest in the stations near 22-year history.
"We were absolutely astounded when they came back saying they would donate the full cost," said NCI St Ives Station Manager Helen Simpson. "Over the years the building has been subject to the elements in all weathers, including the sea, and the time has come to take on some substantial repairs as the roof needs serious attention. Since Covid restrictions were introduced, visitors to the watch station have dwindled and therefore donations are virtually non-existent, so it is greatly appreciated when, through numerous requests for help, a company donates. This is such a wonderful and generous gesture by the Morrisons Foundation and it's so appreciated by NCI St Ives”.
Morrisons Foundation Trustee David Scott added: "We are pleased to be supporting NCI St Ives with funds to provide essential repairs to the facility's roof. We know that this will ensure improvements to the strength of the radar scanners and ultimately protect people on the coast and off-shore for years to come."