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


Min’s going bald for change

Domestic Abuse campaigner Min Grob is facing a close shave to help a charity for those affected by  domestic abuse in Norfolk and Waveney.

“You know that song ‘I want to wash that man right out of my hair’? Well I want to cut him out.

“It’s taken some time to get up the courage to do it but now is the right time,” she said. “You always know when something has happened because people change their hair… well I was 50 this year and I wanted to go into the second half of my life unencumbered –  and that includes hair!”

She will be losing her long, dark hair at Leeway’s domestic violence conference on July 14 and she hopes to raise at least £2000.

“They have had a 27 per cent increase in demand, but not the corresponding funding,” said Min, founder of Conference on Coercive Control.

She is already making plans for her new hair, when it grows back but for now she plans a summer “swathed in scarves, maybe a panama” with a collection of bobble hats for the colder winter months.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Min should visit:

Cromer ambulance station open day for children’s charity

Cromer ambulance station open day will return next month to give visitors a unique insight into the work of the emergency services in Norfolk.
Ambulance, fire, police, critical care charities and a host of other organisations will be at the free event, in Middlebrook Way, Cromer, on Sunday, July 2, 10am-3pm.
The open day provides an opportunity for people to find out more about the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), meet ambulance staff and volunteers, and explore inside an ambulance and rapid response vehicle.
Proceeds will go to Nelson’s Journey, a charity that supports bereaved children in Norfolk.
Daisy the vintage ambulance will be on show as well as Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Police, RNLI, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, and East Anglian Air Ambulance will also have a stand.
There will also be live music and refreshments and tea and cake stalls.
Organiser Dale Meacham-Roberts, who is a duty locality officer for EEAST, said: “The open day is a great opportunity to welcome the community to the station and get all our partners together to celebrate the work of our emergency services and charities.
“People will get a behind the scenes look at the ambulance service as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.”
For more information about the work of Nelson’s Journey, visit