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Paul and Bluebell hit the road again

The fastest milk float in the East will be off on her travels again as Paul Thompson and Bluebell head to Cornwall in aid of Cancer Research.

The Sheringham-based singer/songwriter will be driving the souped-up vehicle all the way to Land’s End, performing gigs along the way on a tour which he hopes will raise £5,000 for the charity.

With a top speed of 19mph, Bluebell is 4/5mph faster than the average milk float – but Paul won’t have his foot down all the way. He expects Bluebell’s Busking Bonanza tour to take most of the summer, at a more sedate 10mph.

“I think it’s going to take about two months to get there because I’m playing lots of gigs on the way,” he said. “I am aiming to do about 30. I called it the Busking Bonanza but it’s mainly not busking. I will be doing some busking, but lots of the gigs will be proper gigs in pubs with gardens or festivals and artisan markets.”

Events lined up already are a classic car festival near Oxford and a session with radio legend Bob Harris for his online TV channel . Paul is also waiting to hear if he has nabbed a coveted spot at Glastonbury. A dream gig which, he said, would be “absolutely brilliant”.

The tour will start with a launch party at the Harnser, in Cley, on June 2 where there will be food from 7pm and music from 8pm. Paul and Bluebell plan to hit the road on June 3 – a poignant anniversary .

“My dad, Terry, passed away from cancer a year ago so I wanted to do something really positive to commemorate him. Having seen what cancer can do to someone I wanted to help the next generation,” he said.

Fitted out with a stage and solar panels to power the gear needed for Paul’s performances, Bluebell has most of the mod cons needed for the journey but Paul hopes to hear from people who can put on a gig, host him for a night or help to keep Bluebell charged up.

He is already grateful for those who contributed £80 towards his challenge as he busked outside Budgens in Holt, courtesy of Bakers and Larners, last Saturday.

Anyone wanting to follow Bluebell’s route can visit www.paulsmusic.co.uk for his blog and keep up with live updates on Facebook and Twitter. Donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulsmusic.

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Fundraising is no obstacle to Cromer DIY team

Workmates at Cromer Homebase are building up to a marathon obstacle course challenge – for a cause close to their hearts.

The team will tackle 150 obstacles over  a 13-mile course this weekend to raise funds for cancer charities.

Team spokesman Tracy Harding said: “So many of us through our families and friends have been affected by cancer over recent years that we wanted to do something. Compared to what they have been through 13 miles of obstacles is nothing. It will be hard, but we are all going to stick together, regardless of people’s fitness. It is a team effort.”

Partner Rachel Harding’s mum Karen needs regular blood transfusions for a bone marrow condition. A friend’s niece, Evie, aged just five, is battling leukaemia for the second time, and work colleague is having chemotherapy for bone cancer having earlier had breast cancer. Another team member, Eve Galasky, lost both her parents Libby and David Facey to cancer in the past five years.

The Dirty Weekend event at Burghley House in Lincolnshire will see thousands of entrants scaling walls, crawling through mud pits, climbing ropes and jumping on to airbags in the fun event.

Other Homebase team members tackling the Half Mucker assault course are Jackie Hancock, Dan Lee and Chris Kime, with guests Beccy Jeffers and Bethany Batson.

Their efforts, which should take four to five hours, will help the Bloodwise charity (previously Leukaemia and Lymphona Research) and Children with Cancer UK.

They are also running a fundraising family fun day at Forest Park holiday park at Northrepps on Sunday, May 28, from 2pm. It is open to the public with stalls, children’s games, music and an auction. The team hopes the race and fun day will raise hundreds of pounds for their causes.

To support their efforts visit their Homebase Rat Race page on the Just Giving website. The team is also encouraging people to visit www.dkms.org.uk to find out more about joining the stem cell donor register.

Join the charge this bank holiday for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

The Archdeacon’s Charge, an annual sponsored fun run or walk founded by the Venerable John Ashe, Archdeacon of Lynn, will take place on Monday (May 1) at Wolterton Hall, raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and the Diocese of Norwich Church of England.

All are welcome to walk or run the circuit. There will be a circuit of 2.5 miles available to walk or run, or if you feel up to a challenge you can complete the circuit up to four times completing a distance of up to 10 miles.

Alternatively, families can go along and enjoy a picnic and entertainment. There is plenty to do and see, such as a scenic walk around the grounds of a rarely-seen private stately home, food and drink on offer, classic cars, live music, craft market, and have-a-go activities such as archery.

Their Royal Highnesses’ Prince & Princess Michael of Kent will be attending this year, as special guests of Peter Sheppard and Keith Day, the owners of Wolterton Hall.

Holly Lambert, fundraising manager for EAAA in Norfolk, said: “We are honoured, once again, to be one of the chosen charities for the Archdeacon’s Charge, and always look forward to this fantastic event.”

See more at www.dioceseofnorwich.org/news/events/archdeacons-charge/.

Walk the walk and help cure Parkinson’s

People in Norfolk are being asked to pick up the pace against Parkinson’s this year at Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate on Saturday, May 13.
It is one of a series of walk events to be held across the UK for Parkinson’s UK during 2017.
Walk for Parkinson’s offers the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in a fun and active day out, while helping the charity step ever closer to a cure.
There are a range of distances around the grounds of the estate on offer to suit everyone, including a 2.5-mile and 5.5-mile walk to choose from.
Last year, 114 people took part in the walk at Blickling Estate to raise an impressive £11,000 between them, and the charity hopes to boost the fundraising total even more this year.
Sky Sports presenter and champion of walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with the condition himself in 2011. Dave is encouraging as many people as possible to step up at the event.
He says: “In 2016 I completed my own 200-mile coast to coast walk for Parkinson’s UK. It was tough but the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line was fantastic.
“I know not everyone can walk that far, which is why our Walk for Parkinson’s at Blickling Estate with a choice of distances, is perfect for everyone.
“This year is going to be our most ambitious yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. With every pound that we raise we get closer to a cure. So please join us at Blickling Estate and help us step closer to our goal of improving the lives of every person affected by Parkinson’s.”
The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK T-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finishers medal.
The charity is hoping to raise over £400,000 from the 32 events, so suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50.
All money raised from Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate will help Parkinson’s UK’s work to provide support and information for people affected by the condition and to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure.
As well as walkers, the charity is on the lookout for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day.
To find out more and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkblicklingestate, call 0207 963 9367 or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk.

Children’s charity gets £10,000 from Roys

Charity Nelson’s Journey has received a £10,000 donation from Roys of Wroxham to help its work with bereaved children.

Nelson’s Journey was chosen as Roys charity of the year to receive all donations raised through sale of 5p carrier bags at Roys’ eight stores and Highway Garden and Leisure.

Sarah Hyde from Nelson’s Journey said: “We are absolutely amazed by the incredible support offered from Roys and their customers. We are pleased to have the backing of such a wonderful organisation, full of staff enthusiastic about our charity.”

The £10,000 can fund 40 children to attend one of the therapeutic residential weekends at Hilltop in Sheringham. The weekend is packed full of team building, coping strategies and memory work with other children and young people of a similar age, giving them the right tools and confidence to move forward positively with their lives.

Ed Roy, managing director at Roys, presented the cheque, saying: “We are very pleased to be helping such a worthwhile cause, Roys would like to thank each and every customer that has donated money by purchasing a carrier bag and we look forward to being able to present Nelson’s Journey with future donations throughout the year.”

If you would like to donate or would like help from the child bereavement support team at Nelson’s Journey then you can find more details at http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/

Photo left to right: Ed Roy (Managing Director Roys), Simon Wright (Chief Executive Nelson’s Journey), Sarah Hyde (Community Funding and Marketing Officer Nelson’s Journey)

Kieran gets a warm welcome at Cromer

Heart transplant patient Kieran Sandwell got a warm welcome in Cromer and Happisburgh as he stopped off during his 5,000-mile trek around Britain to help raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research.

Kieran, 45, from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, is currently walking the Norfolk Coast Path in his challenge Trail of Two Hearts to mark the end of his long battle with heart disease after having a heart transplant eight years ago.

After setting off on February 1 from the British Heart Foundation office in London, Kieran’s journey has seen him walking the coast of Norfolk, with members of the public supporting him on his journey to help him raise his target. This included a fundraising quiz organised by Ginny Wilson-North, from MargGins Walking and Glamping, at the home of Tessa and Terry Beane in Happisburgh on Saturday night when £100 was raised and being greeted by Walkers are Welcome members and the deputy mayor in Cromer yesterday.

He said: “The inspiration came to me around 25 years ago, but then I would never have been able to complete such an endurance challenge. It’s only thanks to my donor, the BHF, the Brompton and Papworth Hospital and NHS Blood & Transplant that I am able to make my dream a reality.

“My second heart has enabled me to do so much and I’m urging the public to help me support the BHF’s ground-breaking research by making a donation.”

Kieran’s battle with heart disease began when he was just three years old, when he had to have open heart surgery to correct a condition called transposition of the great arteries (TGA) where the main arteries in the heart are ‘plumbed’ back to front.

Then when Kieran was 13 he suffered a heart attack and during his early twenties he also suffered two mini strokes and began having abnormal heart rhythms. By the time he reached 35, he was in heart failure and he was put on the transplant list for a new heart.

In July 2009, Kieran received his new heart and donated his old heart for BHF-funded research into congenital heart disease which has contributed to important findings and helped others living with conditions like his.

Dawne Hart, BHF Fundraising Manager for Norfolk, said:  “We never cease to be amazed by the incredible way our fundraisers raise money for our research, but Kieran’s coastline challenge is one of the biggest we’ve ever seen. We are so incredibly grateful for his determination and dedication to supporting our work and we’ll be supporting him every step of the way.”

To support Kieran on his journey and find out how you can get involved or to sponsor him visit www.atrailoftwohearts.com

Also follow his journey and get in touch at
https://www.facebook.com/atrailoftwohearts/
https://www.atrailoftwohearts.com/Blog
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ATrailofTwoHearts

Emma’s dares for charity are creating a stir

It’s a fact of life that parents embarrass their children.

But Emma Mortimer is taking that a step further by generally making a fool of herself in the name of charity.

She came up with Emma’s Dares for Dosh, alongside training for the London Marathon in April to raise money for the charity Get Kids Going, which gives disabled children the chance to participate in sports.

“I wanted to do something fun to raise money and the idea of Emma’s Dares for Dosh came to me. It would appear my friends and family have taken great delight in sponsoring me to humiliate myself in public.”

They have been daring her to carry out weird and wonderful tasks in return for their donation to the cause.

So far that has included singing Annie show tunes on the town clock in the centre of North Walsham, a run around Cromer to the Rocky theme tune, having a moustache for a day, a Beyonce dance video (trust me that’s worth a watch), Christmas shopping dressed as the Grinch, having her 10-year-old son and his friend giving her a haircut and challenging strangers to arm wrestles whilst dressed as Hulk Hogan.

“I’ve got so many more dares lined up to do, I won’t have a shred of dignity left by April,” she said, clearly not worried about that fact.

“Annie was definitely the most embarrassing. I had cars beeping horns as they drove past. As for Beyonce, well I get my dance moves from my dad (butcher Icarus Hines),” she said.

“My children are mortified by some of the dares I have been given, mainly because they are shared on social media for all to see. Isabelle, my daughter, said the other day: ‘Is she really my Mother?’ with a look of dismay on her face. But I like to think its teaching her and Felix (my son) a valuable lesson – even if they have disowned me.”

Emma, who owns bespoke jewellery company Beach Hut Charm, first started running a couple of years ago with a few friends. “I really needed to lose weight and get fit and we did the Couch – 5k running app. I couldn’t even run down the road before I started but after that I really got the running bug.

“I have met some amazing friends through running and am now a member of the Colitshall Jaguars Running Club (they are awesome). I would really encourage anyone wanting to get fit to give running a go. It doesn’t take long to build up your stamina and miles and if I can do it anyone can.”

She’s the second family member to raise funds for her particular charity. “My mum ran the London Marathon for them a few years ago and I was fortunate enough to secure a place with them for this year. It’s a great, some of these young people have made it through to the Paralympic games.

“The training is going really well so far I am really looking forward to the Marathon day itself, although am sure the nerves will kick in nearer the time.”

Emma needs to raise £2,000 for her marathon charity place and is already past the halfway mark, with the promise of more money on its way.

She said: “I’ve been completely blown away by people’s generosity and support.”

Emma has a Virgin Money giving page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaMortimer1. See her truly awe-inspiring Beyonce video here https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=emma%20dares

 

Check out the March issue of Just North Walsham when we hope to have a dare for Emma.

Coastal festival gives groups a big boost

The Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival has handed over grants totaling £5,080 to local charities and organisations.
The money, raised from the sale of more than 100 decorated beach huts at last year’s festival auction, was distributed between 25 groups.
Representatives from each organisation were joined by members of the festival’s committee at a presentation on January 29 at The Constantia in East Runton.
Festival chairman Tony Shipp opened the presentation by thanking all those who had helped make the festival and auction in 2016 such a success.
The organisations who received grants from the scheme were: The Cromer Mardlers, Sheringham in Bloom, Back to the Drawing Board, Sing Your Heart Out, Ladybird Pre-School, Playing for Cake, Love for Leo, Sheringham Museum, Banningham Defibrillator Fund, Cromer Christmas Lights Volunteers, 1st Cromer Sea Scouts, Friends of North Lodge Park, Cromer RNLI, Waveney Stardust Trust, National Coastwatch Institution – East Runton, Cromer Academy, Cromer Exhibition Foundation, Sheringham Woodfields School, Cromer Carnival Security Team, Sheringham Playpark Revamp, Roughton Under 5s Playgroup, Cromer Girl Guiding, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society and Cromer and District Garden Society.
On receiving their grant, 1st Cromer Sea Scouts said: “This grant will help us enormously towards the much-needed refurbishment of our very dilapidated Scout HQ kitchen. We’ve been raising funds towards this for a few years and we have at last almost reached our goal.”
Many of the projects which were successful will be working will local children including 1st Cromer Sea Scouts (funding to refurbish the hall), Sheringham Woodfields School (funding to introduce sensory lighting), Cromer Girl Guiding (funding for hall maintenance) and the Cromer & District Garden Society (funding their annual Schools Garden Competition).
Tony said: “We are delighted that so many local community groups will benefit from the grants.”
The festival will be announcing details of their annual art trail for 2017 in the coming weeks. The 2017 festival will run 20-21 May 20-21.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please contact enquiries@crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk.

 

 

 

Picture by Dave (Hubba) Roberts