Children get inspired to help Children in Need

Primary schools all over Norfolk will be bringing colour to the lives of less fortunate youngsters with a charity effort through Inspired Youth.

The group is staging a Pudsey Challenge from November 13-17 in 10 primary schools across North, South, East and, West Norfolk as well as hosting an event in central Norwich.

It is estimated 300 Year 2 students will be taking part in the two-hour sessions which will involve decorating 100 Pudsey Bears.

Inspired Youth project delivery manager Melissa Dunning called on the business community to help reach their fundraising goal.

She said: “We are looking for 100 business people to give an hour of their time to come to the schools and help support the decorating of the bears.”

There’s also the chance for businesses to sponsor the events for £50 and have their name added to a giant Inspired Youth cog from its logo or to donate pens, glitter and the like for the events.

The bears are A1 size and three children plus a business helper will be assigned to decorate each bear using arts and crafts. There will be special prize for the best bear awarded on Friday.

The aim is to raise £500 for Children in Need.

To pledge an hour of support email Also use that email if you have items to donate for decorating the berars/

To pledge £50 sponsorship for Children in Need go to or send a cheque payable to Inspired Youth projects, Inspired Youth, Henderson Business Centre, 51 Ivy Road, Earlham, Norwich, NR5 8BF.

On Twitter use @inspired__youth, @BBCCin and #pudesy100 to promote the event

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith is supporting the event. She is pictured her with Inspired Youth CEO Natalie Davies

See in the autumn with colour and inspiration

This autumn sees women from all over the area coming together for two “inspiring” events.

First on the agenda is the Inspired Women BIG Conversation on September 26.

Inspired Youth has been running various Inspired Women projects in schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, involving hundreds of young women and local businesswomen.

This will be the second Inspired Women BIG Conversation and the chance to hear from some of those who have been involved with Inspired Women in schools and in the world of work.

The events is free and gives women the chance to share their thoughts on subjects including what makes a person inspiring and how they can help young women, how self-esteem and self-confidence impacts on life choices and the next step for the organisation.

The events will run from 8.30am to noon at The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich. For more information see

On October 12, the venue switches to Sprowston Manor Hotel and the emphasis is on colours for the Inspired Women charity event Girls Night Out 2017.

The theme is I’m Every Colour to celebrate all the different colours that represent women. Marketing manager Jenna Rich said: “We’d love everyone who comes along to dress in your favourite colour to help us make the event as colourful as each of you.”

It’s the third year for Girls Night Out, which aims to give local young women the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an audience, to be pampered and entertained.

The funds raised on the night will be used to support the Inspired Women mentoring programme for young women across Norfolk, as well as raising money for partner charity BREAK.

The evening will include a fashion show, pampering stands, shopping stands, goody bags for the first 50 through the door, a raffle plus more.

Earlybird tickets are available for £8until September 27, after which the full ticket price will apply of £9. Group discount bookings are also available.

See more and book at

Jenna Rich is ready with a smile

Fitness sessions will help sick children

Enjoy an exercise class and help poorly children at a special fitness fundraising day at Hellesdon Community Centre.
Matt Philpot, of ATP Health and Fitness, in Taverham, is organising the day – Let’s Move – to raise money for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) Nook appeal. He hopes to raise more than £1000 towards the appeal to build a new hospice at Framingham Earl, near Norwich, from a day of classes and taster sessions on September 9.
“There will be nine exercise classes on the day, running from 9am and finishing at 4pm,” said Matt. “Each class starts on the hour lasting 50 minutes each and all members of the public are welcome to join at any point of the day. They can stay for one class or participate in more depending on how they are feeling.”
Classes cost £3 and all proceeds go to the charity.
To book yourself on a class please contact Matt on or call 07785105381


Pupils help the homeless and hungry

Youngsters at Hellesdon High School have been out and about helping to feed the homeless and to raise awareness of their problems.

Pupils and staff all contributed with donations after seeing a video made by the Shield (Supporting Hellesdon’s Inclusion, Equality, Love and Diversity) team to let the rest of the school know about the work of The People’s Picnic.

This is a group of volunteers who prepare and distribute hot meals and other supplies to homeless people in the city centre and who are seeing an increase in the number of people desperate for their help.

Donations included items such as tins of pasta and meat, biscuits, powdered milk, wet wipes and nappies and a group of sixth formers went along to deliver the supplies and to see how they were distributed.

English teacher Jess Baker said: “When we’d researched homelessness in Norwich prior to our trip, we’d been shocked by the high numbers of people who use this food bank for both hot meals and supplies, but nothing could have prepared us for what we encountered.

“There was a huge crowd of people when we arrived at 8pm.”

Younger pupils also played their part, making sandwiches to hand out – and they threw themselves enthusiastically into the challenge.

The students who accompanied Miss Baker to deliver the sandwiches and donations helped to distribute bottles of water, which gave them the opportunity to meet those in the queue.

The sandwiches, in particular, proved popular and were gone in 10 minutes.

After their experience, the sixth formers praised the volunteers who organise the service twice a week.

Georgia Leeds said: “I spoke to one man who told me the food we supplied will go far. I found that really touching.”

Scott Palframan expressed surprise at how many people there were using the facilities. “I was shocked at how busy it was… It shows you what a great need there is in Norwich,” he said.

Miss Baker added: “It was profoundly moving to see so many people of all different ages and walks of life coming together and using this service. The People’s Picnic organisers are absolute heroes.”

Hellesdon High School intends to continue to support the vulnerable through further fundraising campaigns and donations.

Golf Day helps victims of abuse

A charity golf day brought out some Norwich City legends to help raise money to support victims of domestic abuse.
The event, held in June, raised in excess of £1,800 for Leeway, a specialist domestic violence and abuse charity in the Norfolk and Waveney area.
Among the participants in the competition, which is an important part of Leeway’s annual fundraising campaign, were former Norwich City stars Grant Holt and Rob Newman.
This year the event included 18 holes of golf, a two-course meal and a fundraising raffle and auction.
A number of local businesses were among the nine teams who competed on the day, with several also providing prizes for the auction. The winning team was made up of local man Gary Woodward, his 12-year-old son and business associates.
All of the money raised will be used to help Leeway to meet the rising demand for its services. Last year Leeway supported more than 8,500 women, children and men who were experiencing domestic abuse with this year seeing a 27pc increase in referrals for their services.
Mandy Proctor, Leeway’s CEO said: “Events such as the Golf Day are an effective way for us to build upon and maintain our relationships with our corporate supporters and to raise awareness of domestic abuse issues for victims, as well as highlighting what support Leeway can provide to help those who need it.”
The next big event on Leeway’s calendar is the Annual Domestic Abuse Conference on Friday 14 July at Norwich City Football Club.


Hair today – gone for charity

A sponsored haircut to raise money for charity and to help children who lost their hair through cancer has raised more than £2,000.

Deanne Mann’s three daughters, twins Paige and Abbie, aged 11, and six-year-old Amber had their hair cut off for the Little Princesses’ Trust charity and lots of other people joined in the Brave the Shave and Chop the Crop event with them in Norwich.

“We raised £2,311,” said Deanne. “ We split that between Little Princesses’ Trust and Beads of Courage. In total, I sent off 24 different people’s hair and people were all putting something into the bucket.”

The event was held in the Castle Mall and the girls’ hair was cut by Deanne, and then styled by hairdressers, attracting lots of attention.

The Little Princesses’ Trust makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness and Beads of Courage awards beads as milestones as patients go through their treatment.

Fun day to celebrate tearoom’s birthday

A year ago, friends Amanda Medler and Sarah Douglass came up with the idea of opening a tea room in their local pub.

And now the pair are celebrating their first birthday with a charity event to help an autism charity.

Once they got permission from the landlord of the Silver Fox, on Fakenham Road, the pair got to work setting up their business, opening last July.

Offering all day breakfasts, toasties, paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, afternoon teas, delicious cakes and ice cream they are also popular for baby showers, birthdays, christenings and wakes.

Their birthday party, on July 15, will be a fun day with stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting a raffle and much more.

Stalls will include crafts and pampering and, of course, cakes.

All proceeds are going to Norfolk Autism Society and everyone is welcome to go along, enjoy the day – which runs from 9am to 4pm – and help raise money for charity.

If anyone wants to have a stall at the event they can call Sarah or Amanda on 01603 868212.

Paul and Bluebell’s busking tour is going well

Paul Thompson and his converted milk float, Bluebell, are well on their way to Cornwall on their charity busking bonanza.

The Sheringham-based singer/songwriter is driving the souped-up vehicle all the way to Land’s End and said he has already raised more than £1,500 towards his £5,000 target for Cancer Research.

“The highlights have included stopping to do an interview and play a song on Cambridge 105 (I played a song I’d written in memory of my dad and made the presenter cry on-air!) and performing to a group of schoolchildren in front of the famous Milton Keynes cow statues,” he said.

Other special moments included a street party in Stroud organised by a music promoter, which raised £350, and an all-day event the following day, when he was joined by some talented singer-songwriters from the Stroud area.

Arriving in Glastonbury for the solstice, he performed in the town and was en route to the Dorset Midsummer Festival – involving the biggest hills of the tour so far.

“I’ve also heard from Tate St Ives that they’d like me to do an event with Bluebell, which gives a great focus for me reaching Land’s End,” he said.

Anyone wanting to follow Bluebell’s route can visit for his blog and keep up with live updates on Facebook and Twitter. Donations can be made at