Saturday, 10 December 2016 00:00

Local charities bag £3,000 from residents who recycle

Written by  David Thompson
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Local charities bag £3,000 from residents who recycle

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards awarded three local charities a total of £3,000 at an event last week as part of a drive to encourage residents of the Borough to waste less and recycle more. Members of the scheme voted for their favourite from a shortlist of charities, with Norfolk Hospice winning top prize of £1,500. The two runners up, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, were both awarded £750 each. 

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards was launched to all households in the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk back in May and encourages residents to recycle more and waste less through individual and community rewards. The borough is split into five communities who compete against each other to earn the most Green Points, with the communities that earn most Green Points after six months winning the biggest donations to the local charity most popular among their residents.

The charitable projects that members could support this year were: Hospital Radio Lynn, Norfolk Hospice, West Norfolk Mind, Festival Too, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Rotary Club of King’s Lynn. The winning community this time was King’s Lynn and Surroundings and its members voted for Norfolk Hospice. The two runner up communities were West Norfolk Fens and West Norfolk Central, who voted for West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers. 

Councillor Brian Long, Leader of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council, was delighted to present the winning charities with their cheques. He said “It’s really positive that the innovative Recycling Rewards Scheme is actively encouraging people to get rewards for taking their recycling more seriously, and benefitting local charities like the Hospice, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, and West Norfolk Mind at the same time." 

Jessica Walker from Norfolk Hospice said “We’re really grateful to everyone who voted for us and helped us to win this money. We rely on donations for most of our funding so this will help us to support more people with life limiting illnesses in the Borough.” 

As well as community rewards, members of the scheme have the opportunity to earn individual rewards if they earn the most Green Points in their community each month. The individual who contributes the most points to their community total, wins a £50 voucher and the two runners up each get a £25 voucher from a choice of: Marks & Spencer, Majestic Cinema, iTunes, Alive Leisure and National Garden Gift Vouchers. 

Last modified on Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:32

Related items

  • Tours tripled around Stories of Lynn

    Guided tours around the Stories of Lynn Museum & Old Gaol House are now available on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 1pm

    The tours were previously only available on Tuesdays, but thanks to a team of volunteer guides, their availability has now tripled. 

    The tours last between 45 minutes and an hour, and are included in the price of admission to the museum. 

  • West Norfolk has some of the UK's best green spaces

    The Walks, Tower Gardens and Mintlyn Crematorium in King's Lynn and Esplanade Gardens and Boston Square Gardens in Hunstanton have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world. 

    They are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award/Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. 

    This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. 

  • Norfolk Deaf Association Tandem Parachute Jump Fundraising Success
    Seventeen brave men and women, aged between 17 and 72, took to the skies to raise a fantastic £8,500 for Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA). 
    The event was organised by Norfolk Deaf Association as part of Deaf Awareness Week – a national campaign organised by the Deaf Council. Among those that had signed up to take part were people whose friends and family members have been affected by hearing loss. 
    The group assembled at Ellough Airfield near Beccles and, after a nervous wait for the rain clouds to clear, were briefed on the positions for exiting the plane and landing. Jump suits, harnesses, hoods and goggles were donned and they were off. 
  • The Hunstanton Soapbox Derby needs you!

    The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is reviving the tradition of the Hunstanton Soapbox Derby, and is looking for teams to take part. The races will take place on Sunday 17 September in Hunstanton, and entries are open now. So if anyone has ever wished they could build their own soapbox kart and race it down the hilly streets of Hunstanton, now is their chance!
    Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “I’m sure lots of people remember the soapbox derbies held in Hunstanton during the 1960s, 70s and 80s; the events were hugely popular and drew big crowds. We’re hoping that our modern version will be just as successful."


  • Play area officially opens in Hunstanton Heritage Gardens

    On Friday 23 June the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk officially opened a new £130k play area in the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens. 

    The new play area is part of the £1.3m project to regenerate the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, funded by the borough council and the National Lottery through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. The official opening of the play area marks the final phase of the project; with completion dates being finalised for all the project’s remaining elements.