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Big effort for cancer charity

Brighton Marathon runners Martin Garrard and Andrew Graveling have topped the £3,300 mark in their efforts to help cancer.
The weight training buddies took part in the 26-mile race on April 15 to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The pair chose Cancer Research UK because they had both lost family and friends to cancer.
Martin said the last few miles of the race had been really tough as both had been carrying injuries on the day.
But he said: “Giving up never entered our heads. We dug in and finished it.”
He added: “The crowd were fantastic, including family members, cheering us on all the way.
The total so far is £3,380, which is triple their target and more.
Martin said: “The support and generosity from people has overwhelmed us.
“We would like to thank everyone who wished us well and everyone who kindly donated to a very worthy cause.”
Andrew is a local postman and Martin owns Holt Fish Bar.
See https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/double-dragons

 

Adrian in the saddle for Edinburgh Fringe

Norfolk Youth Musical Theatre director Adrian Connell is taking to his bike to fund ths group’s latest visit to a national theatre festival.
He is currently nearing his target of raising £1,500 to enable the group to take its production of Battle of Boat’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Adrian will be completing a fundraising cycle ride from Sheringham to Norwich (37 miles) on Sunday, May 27.
He currently has £964 towards his target.
He said: “All of the cast members have paid for their own accommodation and travel and we are now trying to raise money to pay for venue hire, royalties, radio mics, printing and all the other additional costs associated with putting on a show at the Fringe. They have raised most of it but are £1500 short. Please help me help them to achieve their target.”
Charlie Windle (13), from Norwich, who plays the part of Beagle, did a similar bike ride for 25 miles and raised £472 for the trip. Also Mabel White (11), from Aylsham, who plays Florance, did a bake off at her primary school and raised £54. Both are going to Edinburgh. The group also raised £1,046 at a quiz nigh towards the total needed of £2,500. “So we are nearly there, about £500 to go,” said Adrian.
He added: “I am astonished by the amount of support I have received. I thought the ride would get around £200/£300 but so far people from local choirs, friends who have seen shows and many people who were involved in it have donated.”
Norfolk Youth Music Theatre first performed The Battle of Boat at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich in November.
It is a new musical set in a seaside town on the English south coast in 1916. The carefree happiness of a group of young children is short-lived as they find themselves discovering more and more about the First World War that is unfolding around them.
It was written by Jenna Donnelly and Ethan Lewis Maltby, who have been writing together for several years, creating original cinematatic musicals.
Adrian, the former head of music at Broadland High School, started Norfolk YMT in 1995, seeing scores of youngsters getting the chance to perform well-known and more obscure musicals on stage. It’s now his 23rd year and he has directed more than 70 shows. He has been teaching piano privately since he was 19.
He said he enjoys cycling but said: “I like cycling along flats, rolling downhill and walking uphill. I take my bike to Derbyshire and do some tracks and also the bike will go to Edinburgh for some rides around North Berwick.”
As for training, he says: “Whichever way you leave Sheringham you start with an hour uphill. You’re knackered before you start!”
People can donate via JustGiving Crowdfunding Page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/adrians-fundraising-cycle-ride. Also see more at www.norfolkymt.net.

 

Fundraising is a gift for Victoria

Aylsham High student Victoria Lloyd is forgoing presents for her 16th birthday to help a charity close to her heart.
She asked friends and family to donate to Pancreatic Cancer Research in memory of her grandad Richard Lloyd, who recently died.
“My grandad recently passed away from pancreatic cancer which was unfortunately discovered too late to treat,” she said. “This disease is so incredibly difficult to detect and I am trying to raise money so that other families and individuals do not have to experience the effects of this silent killer.”
On her birthday, Victoria, from Sloley, organised a charity netball game against the teachers.
“I’m proud to say that we got one person from nearly every department which was amazing to see. The game was extremely competitive which made it great fun for the students who watched but even though there were some losers not a single teacher left without a smile on their face.
“Many students and teachers turned up to watch and we raised a total of £128.68 in that one lunchtime.”
Victoria has set a target of £300 by her 16th birthday on May 2, saying: “This year I am asking those who know me to refrain from giving presents and donate to this cause instead.”
As well as the money from the match, she has collected £346 online through Just Giving.
She said: “I can honestly say that this has been the best birthday ever. There is no feeling quite like holding a microphone and speaking in front of all these students that have come to support me and my cause. I had such a close bond with my grandad and he always believed in me no matter what. I could never do as much for him as he did for me but this is a start.
“I would just like to thank everyone who got involved and participated including my sister Holly and my parents. It honestly means the world.”

Anyone who would like to help Victoria can visit her page on Just Giving.

Leah has Honduras in her sights

Former Aylsham High student Leah Colebrooke is busy fundraising for a gap year teaching project in Honduras.
She will going with Project Trust, which she heard about at a careers event at college.
She said: “A woman who had spent her gap year teaching underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic gave us a talk on just how much getting involved with Project Trust had changed her life, and the skills that she had gained from her 12 months abroad. From that moment, I was sure that Latin America was where I wanted to spend my year teaching the subject that I love –  music”
Leah said she had been unsure about university. “I knew I wanted to take a gap year to give myself time to think, but also knew I did not want to spend a year doing nothing.”
It took her a few months to pluck up the courage to apply, but once she did, everything started falling into place.
“The first step I took was taking a 13-hour journey up to the Isle of Coll, an island off the border of Scotland, a place I had never heard of before. An intense four-day trip consisted of various tasks and activities in which 28 of us were trying to prove that we had what it took to be selected for a placement abroad.”
Ten days after returning from what was her “extremely memorable trip”, she received an acceptance letter to Honduras.
Next came the most daunting part yet; beginning the fundraising.
“My first step was to set up a gofundme page. With £6,000 to raise, I knew it was not going to be an easy task. But with the help of many friends and family, I have made a promising start,” she said.
Her first big fundraising event is a coffee morning on the February 17 at Aylsham Parish Church.
Leah will also be providing much more information on the project and where the money that she raises will be going.
“Please come along if you are in the area, it would be great to have a good turnout and will make my fundraising journey all the more easier.”
She thanked the Liz Jones Memorial Fund for Young People , which has already donated a sum of money via the church toward her project.
See more at:
https://www.gofundme.com/leah-in-honduras
https://www.facebook.com/Fundraiser-for-Honduras-156467188239720/

Gresham’s Girls release new single

A year after releasing their first single, Gresham’s Girls have recorded a cover version of the Depeche Mode song, Enjoy the Silence, to help raise money for school charities.

In 2016, a group of school friends at Gresham’s School, Holt, recorded their first single, a soulful version of Sit Down by James’ raising £1,000 for the charity YoungMinds. Following the success of this release, the group decided to record another single for Christmas 2017.

This year Gresham’s Girls are Maria Butcher, Clementine Chapple, Iris Croft, Ella Fairbairn-Day, Amelia Fox, Rachel Heath, Sophy Kenyon, Jemima Porter, Molly Sankey and Romy Sipek.

Using the school’s state-of-the-art recording studio in the Britten Building, the girls recorded and produced the single with the help of music teachers Chris Cooper and Justin Myers.

Douglas Robb, headmaster, said: “Gresham’s Girls have produced an enchanting cover version of this song and I hope their efforts will be rewarded by raising lots of money for our school charities. I will watch with interest the progress of the single over the coming months.  It’s something for everyone’s Christmas list!”

The single is now available as a download from Bandcamp and iTunes and all proceeds will go to this year’s school charities, the Opalagilagi School, Kenya and I Afrika Boy’s Home in Nairobi.

To download a copy click on the following link: https://greshamsgirls.bandcamp.com/track/enjoy-the-silence

Gresham’s Girls recording the song in the recording studio at Gresham’s School.

 

National Trust says thank you to National Lottery players

The National Trust is opening its gardens at Blickling Estate for free to National Lottery players on Wednesday, December 13, as a thank you to people who have raised money for its conservation work by buying a Lottery ticket.

National Trust places throughout the East of England have benefited from support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, meaning vital conservation projects and work to improve how we tell the stories of these special places can be completed.

Jo Bosch, marketing and visitor manager at Blickling. said: “Without grant support like this, we wouldn’t have been able to undertake some of our most important and innovative conservation work. Grant income, as well as help from members, supporters and volunteers allows us to look after special places for ever, for everyone. This is a small gesture of our thanks to National Lottery players.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

Any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratch card on December 13 will be admitted for free to participating National Trust places. Full terms and conditions, including the sites participating, can be found on the National Trust website.

This offer is part of a National Lottery celebration where a host of organisations which have benefited from Heritage Lottery funding offer free access, special offers or activities to say thank you.

 

 

More than £30,000 raised at Sleep Out

More than £30,000 has already been raised for The Benjamin Foundation, with more money still coming in, following their biggest ever fundraising event.
On Friday, November 17, a record-breaking 125 people braved freezing conditions as they took part in the largest annual Norwich Sleep Out in Norwich.
Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager, said: “We are humbled by the number of people who gave up their Friday night to brave freezing conditions and join us at this year’s Norwich Sleep Out. We are also absolutely delighted at the amount that has already been raised and we would like to thank everyone not only for taking part but for all your hard work in getting friends and family to sponsor you.
“This money will help the vulnerable young adults living with us in practical ways such as providing some essential food items when they arrive with us; helping fund training courses and then buying items like toasters, kettles and crockery when the young people move into their own place.”
The event is part of a national Sleep Out initiative for the End Youth Homelessness campaign. There are 14 Sleep Out events taking place across the UK and the expectation is that over 2000 people will take part and collectively raise over a million pounds. The Sleep Outs aim to give those participating a taste of what it feels like to be homeless, as well as raising much-needed funds to tackle homelessness. All funds raised at the Norwich Sleep Out will go towards the work The Benjamin Foundation does in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Chris said: “In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.”
Martina (Tina) Maguire and Gary Johnson (below) have taken part for all three years of the Norwich Sleep Out. Tina said: “Believe it or not I enjoyed doing it but I would be petrified if I was homeless and sleeping on the street. You realise that cities never sleep.”
Gary explained that he supports the event because 10 years ago his son had mental health issues and was referred to The Benjamin Foundation. He said: “There’s an assumption about homelessness. People don’t look at what is behind it. Sometimes people just need a leg up, some support and a kind word.” Gary’s son is now happily married with a job and a home of his own. He adds : “If it wasn’t for The Benjamin Foundation it could have been a different story. I do this to give back.”
One of the biggest supporters of this year’s Norwich Sleep Out was law firm Mills & Reeve (below left), who brought 27 people, including senior partner Justin Ripman, his wife and his three grown-up children, one of whom travelled from London to take part.

Travel agents launch fifth annual gift appeal in aid of Break charity

Hays Travel, in Aylsham and Sheringham, has launched its fifth annual Santa’s Sleigh appeal to spread cheer and change the lives of vulnerable children and young people this Christmas.

The team is asking people to pop into either branch and donate new, unwrapped items such as toys, gift sets, toiletries, household goods, stationery items or books in aid of the children and families that Norfolk-based charity Break supports throughout East Anglia.

Break supports young people in care, children with disabilities and families who need support, helping them through difficult times and securing a brighter future.

Branch manager of Hays Travel Aylsham (former CAS Travel) and initiator of the appeal Jo Dobbie said: “I like to be involved with the local community and there is nothing better than supporting a local charity especially in the festive season. I absolutely love Break’s ethos and this is a great opportunity for us to show support.

“I initially started Santa’s Sleigh at the Aylsham branch, and then got Sheringham on board with it too. It created bigger awareness for ourselves and for the appeal and we’re pleased to say they will be joining us again this year.”

Danielle Gravestock, senior fundraising officer for Break, said: “We can’t thank Hays Travel enough for the support they give us each year by organising their Santa’s Sleigh appeal.  We are very grateful to all their staff for organising the appeal and everyone who is contributing goods to support it. These gifts really do make a difference to the children and young people we support.”

Santa’s Sleigh started on Saturday and will run for four consecutive weeks until December 9.

Pictured are branch manager Jo Dobbie, Sam Antoniades-Cork, Mark Heffer and Karen Ashford.