Can you sing for Big C this Christmas?

This November and December, Norfolk’s cancer charity, Big C, is calling for local community choirs and musical groups to raise money for the charity at their Christmas performances.

Clive Evans, director of income generation and communications for Big C, said: “Singing and playing music together is good for the soul and a wonderfully festive way to end the year. We would love to hear from anyone who belongs to a singing group, school or church choir, musical group or performing arts centre and is keen to join in with Big C’s Christmas Carols and raise money at their seasonal concerts for local people living with cancer. Every penny raised will go directly to help those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney.”

Last year’s Big C Christmas Carols raised more than £10,000. Performances included Norwich High School for Girls Junior Choir, Simply Sing King’s Lynn Community Choir, Ellingham and Great Dunham schools, Wymondham College, and the children’s ILUVUKE band, as well as staff from the Institute of Food Research, Wymondham’s D’Capo, the Keswick Hall Choir, Big Heart and Soul Choir from Castle Acre and the Fakenham Town Band.

Big C was founded in 1980, when two young men from Norfolk found themselves with cancer and having to travel to London or Cambridge for treatment, often finding this journey harder than the treatment itself. They vowed the people of Norfolk and Waveney would have access to the best treatment and support in their local areas.

Today Big C funds ground-breaking cancer research at the Norwich Research Park and state of the art surgical and diagnostic equipment. The charity also has four drop-in support and information centres across Norfolk and Waveney that are used by thousands of people every year affected by cancer.

If you are interested in holding a Christmas Carol event for Big C, contact Claire Feek, fundraising administrator on 01603 964501 or

Full colour for Big C at Hoveton Hall

There a chance to bring some colour into the lives of cancer patients as Big C launches its first ever Colour 5K fun run at Hoveton Hall Estate.
It doesn’t matter if you have never run before, the idea is to get into the outdoors and have some fun, walking or running around the woodland course and support Big C. It is not a speed trial or race. Colour bandits blast different colours of paint at every 1km interval to transform white T-shirt wearing participants into individual moving works of art and encourage them on their way.
The route is off-road on a woodland trail, promising glimpses of the Repton-designed Hoveton Hall between the trees. There’s even a special separate 1km course for little legs aged over six who will run their race first at midday.
Spaces are limited and with just four weeks to go, prospective participants need to act fast.
There will be plenty of family entertainment throughout the day so runners are urged to arrive early to collect their free Colour 5k T-shirts, Big C headbands and goody bags. Warm ups for both distances begin at least 15 minutes before the start.
Face-painting, rodeo bull, bouncy castle, hot and cold local food and drink stands, outdoor games for children are among the attractions. Each vendor is also donating 10% of its profits to Big C.
Big C events manager Dan Bell said: “It’s not too late to get into training. If you’ve never entered a sponsored run before, this is your perfect entry as 5k is an achievable target for beginner runners. The colourful paint extravaganza at the finish line is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your achievement in style.”
Rachel Buxton of Hoveton Hall said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Colour 5K. This event is fabulous fun, the atmosphere is always one of great anticipation and it lovely to see whole families get involved to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity as the Big C.”
First time runner currently in week three of training for the Colour 5K is Big C’s PR Consultant Stephanie Renouf. “Week after week I write stories about amazing and selfless people of all ages and walks of life who have lost family members to cancer and undertaken incredible challenges in their memory. I felt it was time that I signed up and got out of my comfort zone.  I never run for anything except a bus or train or if the village shop is about to close and I need to buy supper.”
Colour 5k run is going ahead at Hoveton Hall on Saturday (July 9). Gates and registration open at 10am. Individual tickets cost £22, under 16s £16, kids fun run £10, family ticket £60.
To register in advance and for more details visit

 Events Manager Dan Bell and fundraising administrator Lauren Self with sweatbands and medals given to all participants in the Big C Colour 5K.jpg

Events Manager Dan Bell and fundraising administrator Lauren Self with sweatbands and medals given to all participants in the Big C Colour 5K.jpg

Take a walk on the hot side for Big C

by Gay Webster, Just Regional editor

Don’t hang about. Yep, good advice I thought considering what we were all about to do.

Just four brisk steps and off were the instructions to me and the 50 or so others who had signed up to do the Big C Firewalk on April 30 at the Forum in Norwich.

Did it hurt? Nope, not a bit. The science behind it all was explained in a briefing before the event alongside some engaging confidence building from the man in charge Steve Stuttard, director of Survivorbility.

Ex- special forces, he knew his stuff and was happy to point out he wouldn’t make anyone do anything he hadn’t done. So, that’s OK then.

Big C raises huge amounts of money from its special events such as firewalks, parachute jumps (I ducked out of that one later in the year and passed the baton on to fellow editor Sophie Stainthorpe) and Big Cuppa events – tea, cake and the like. We’re hosting one at our Aylsham offices on May 26, 10.30am-3pm if anyone fancies popping along.

The community spirit was strong among those taking part, many for friends and family who had been affected by cancer or because it was something they themselves had dealt with. Whatever the reasons they were up for it and, without exception, faced their fears to walk the walk, some more than once.

A stack of wood was well alight as everyone signed it, leaving 500C worth of ashes as a pathway by the time we were ready to go.

It’s a chance to take on a personal challenge, while helping to raise large amounts of money, with events co-ordinator Dan Bell saying after the event: “We have so far raised over £10k, but that figure will most certainly climb as we still have people to drop in all their funds.”

Would I recommend it? Yes for sure, it’s a real buzz to be able to achieve it and great to know that the money raised is helping local people in their cancer battle.

Check out to find out what events are going on this year and how you can sign up. Go on, break through that comfort zone and give it a go!

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Big C on the move today

Big C, Norfolk and Waveney’s cancer charity is relocating its operational offices to Centrum on the Norwich Research Park, close to the buildings and facilities that have been recipients of its biggest donations for equipment, research, support and information during its 35-year history.

The move embeds Big C among the academic, medical professional, health and research community in an environment to stimulate conversations and develop more opportunities for partnership working, which in turn could lead to increased access to funding to benefit cancer patients across the county.

The proximity to the most up-to-date research and the NNUH will enable Big C to increase the impact of its work across research, education and support and bring increased benefits to patients and their families.

CEO Dr Chris Bushby said: “For more than three decades Big C has been successful in funding equipment and treatment facilities and supporting research into cancer and providing care for those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. Big C is growing and is dedicated to raising even more money, so it is important for us to be at the centre of where our charitable investments take place. From here we will be able to use our experience to help drive the agenda.”

The move, which takes place today (May 9), is cost neutral. The charity, which purchased its Castle Meadow premises more than 12 years ago, is looking at options for maximising the returns on the city centre site.

In addition, operational costs of the 2000sq ft offices at the Centrum building are minimised due to greater efficiencies in the build and shared communal facilities.

“As a charity we are conscious of ensuring our costs are kept to a minimum. At least 70p in every £1 raised by our loyal and energetic supporters goes straight back into supporting cancer patients and their families and we constantly strive to increase this figure,” said Dr Bushby.

“The open plan space is better suited to modern working and will enable enhanced communication across our teams as well as proximity to the medical and research community which Big C helps to fund.”

Big C’s Co-founder and trustee David Moar said: “This is a great opportunity to be closer to and benefit from being embedded within the medical and research community and fantastic recognition for Big C to be here. As a charity we need to be progressive and part of the changing medical scene. We have to be in the right place at the right time. There is an awful lot happening in the Research Park. This is a force for good and will project Big C forward for the next 35 years. The people of Norfolk and Waveney have enabled us to be adventurous and progressive.”

Big C Events Manager Dan Bell preparing for the charity's move to Centrum

Big C Events Manager Dan Bell preparing for the charity’s move to Centrum