The owners of a spectacular bluebell wood which, until last year, had lain hidden from public gaze for centuries will be holding five open days this year in aid of an Aylsham-based charity.
Having introduced a little more light into the ancient five-acre wood through sensitive coppicing, keen conservationists Andrew and Caroline Morton believe the dazzling spectacular, with its wonderful scent, will be more breathtaking than ever.
At the beginning of February, Nelson’s Journey, Norfolk’s child bereavement charity, launched a Crowdfunding project to raise £5,000 in 30 days, enabling bereaved children to tell their stories, helping to break down barriers for others in a similar situation.
The deadline for raising funds is 6th March at 9:30am and Sophie Berry, Funding and Marketing Manager is hopeful they will reach their target. She said “Too often we meet bereaved children who feel isolated following their experience, our project will provide a means for bereaved young people to communicate directly to the community, helping to educate them in the challenges faced and what it would have been helpful for people to say to them.”
Move over Buster the Boxer, this Christmas is all about the return of Benson the black Labrador.
Benson, a familiar sight at Gresham’s School, Holt, returns to print for his ninth calendar. The money raised from the sales will again be split between two service charities; Help for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded.
It is likely that the 2017 edition will be the penultimate calendar as Benson as he has been going progressively blind since February which has curtailed many of his activities and photo opportunities. In previous editions, Benson can be seen at ease in the presence of military personnel in various locations across the country, and although he no longer goes out and about, he is still a firm fixture at the School.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is preparing to welcome The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge to King’s Lynn!
The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge will cover a 470-mile journey along the east coast of Britain, stopping off in King’s Lynn on Wednesday 16 November. From 7pm to 8pm The One Show’s Matt Baker will present regular live broadcasts from King’s Staithe Square, near the Custom House.
Cllr Brian Long, leader of the borough council, said: “It’s great news that King’s Lynn has been chosen as a location for The One Show to visit. We’re delighted to welcome the team to our town, and hope the weather stays fine for them! I wish all those involved every success in their fundraising efforts for Children in Need”.
The latest ale from Norfolk’s award-winning Fat Cat Brewery, has been produced to celebrate the centenary of independent family opticians, Dipple & Conway. And with Dipple & Conway pledging to donate 10p for every locally-sold pint to Break, the charity’s patron – TV broadcaster Jake Humphrey – was happy to help with the launch.
As a real ale enthusiast – “as every man from Norfolk should be” – Jake said helping with Cat’s Eyes was a particular pleasure. This is a win-win for everyone. Break makes some money, real ale drinkers get a real treat...and when their eyes glaze over, Dipple & Conway can help them out,” quipped Jake.
Gresham’s teachers, Chris Cox, Ben Green and David Saker have completed their first ‘Ultra Marathon’, raising £2745 for two charities.
The trio endured extremely hot weather conditions, rough terrain, severe cramp and aching legs to complete the ‘South Coast Challenge’, a gruelling off-road 100km race from Eastbourne to Arundel, during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Chris and Ben took part in the challenge to raise money for ‘Thinking of Oscar’, a charity which aims to improve the experiences of young children and their families while they are in hospital care and to provide for the development of research and development into and the provision of improved diagnostic techniques and technology for paediatric care.
Gresham’s teachers, Chris Cox, Ben Green and David Saker will take on their first ‘Ultra Marathon’ in August to raise money for two charities.
Chris, Ben and David have signed up to take part in the ‘South Coast Challenge’ during the August Bank Holiday weekend and are hoping to complete the gruelling off road 100kms from Eastbourne to Arundel in less than fifteen hours.
Chris and Ben are running for ‘Thinking of Oscar’, a charity which aims to improve the experiences of young children and their families while they are in hospital care and to provide for the development of research and development into and the provision of improved diagnostic techniques and technology for paediatric care.
David is taking part in the challenge to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society which seeks to support people suffering from dementia and to fund world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it.
On 30th August 2015, Norfolk's only Clydesdale, Maverick, who lives in Wiveton, was injured in an horrific accident where he severed his hind leg. I'm raising money to continue to fight for his life and save this beautiful horse. He’s currently just 22 months old and one of the most loveable characters imaginable, full of life and mischief, who simply deserves a chance.
It is believed that Maverick was chased into an electric fence by a loose dog seen in the area on the day his accident happened.
With recent research indicating that two thirds of adults have not made a will, five of Norfolk’s charities are working together to encourage people to plan for the future whilst also raising funds to support their work. Many locally based solicitors and members of the Society of Will Writers have kindly donated appointments to Norfolk WILL Help helping the charities to raise valuable funds throughout February.
Matt Roberts has concluded his 500k charity run from Great Yarmouth to Aberystwyth. His run benefited two charities: Norfolk child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey, and Sussex-based children’s hospice the Chestnut Tree House.
Mr Roberts was welcomed on his arrival to Aberystwyth by Ceredigion's Member of Parliament Mark Williams, Chief Executive of Nelson's Journey Simon Wright, and family and friends.
A local man is preparing to embark on a running challenge which will see him run over 500km, from Great Yarmouth to Aberystwyth in Wales, in just 14 days.
Matt Roberts, 29, of Newmarket Road, Norwich, set himself the challenge after being diagnosed with arthritis at the age of just 24.
‘In 2010 I was diagnosed with arthritis and since then have been determined not to let that dictate what I do. I’ve always enjoyed running, since the 1500m event at sports day at school, to taking part in various half marathons, so I wanted to continue do so, despite my condition. Amazingly, running on a regular basis has really helped my arthritic condition, so I feel now is the time to take on such a big challenge!’
A charity evening, hosted by North Norfolk District Council Chairman, Cllr. Annie Claussen-Reynolds has raised £1368 for local charities, The Wensum Centre and The Benjamin Foundation.
The Chairman’s Civic Reception ‘Auction of Promises’ took place at the historic Maltings, a 19th century building, in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea.
Over 100 people attended the charity event and generously supported the auction hosted by BBC Radio Norfolk presenter, Nick Conrad. 22 lots went up for grabs including tennis coaching, chocolates, parties, holidays, meals, vouchers, art, days out, flowers, crockery, a vintage handbag, a massage, hampers, cake and a supply of horse manure!
Jess from the All Things Norfolk team will be tackling Ben Nevis on September 12th to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Jess says "At 4,409ft... its certainly going to be a challenge, But one I will complete! Equally as challenging will be missing a Norwich home game and a wave from my favourite player Russell Martin!"
The Broads is Britain’s magical waterland, a fragile wetland of international importance.
Love the Broads is a scheme that provides an easy way for you to donate a small amount of money to a range of projects that are vital for the conservation of the Broads and which will also benefit our local communities.
Norwich based Bootcamp Body Transform Fitness (BTF) have recently raised over £30,000 for Nelson’s Journey, smashing their original £20,000 target. BTF trained 37 people at no cost to take part in Tough Mudder on 2nd and 3rd May 2015.
The gruelling 12 mile obstacle course is billed by organisers as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’ and tests the endurance, strength and stamina of all those who participate. Obstacles included Arctic Enema – plunging into an ice bath, Cry Baby – crawling through a tunnel filled with tear gas and Electric Shock Therapy – live wires dangle down as participants run through them to be electrified.
The Chief Executive of North Norfolk District Council will be putting her best foot forward for charity at this year’s London Marathon.
Sheila Oxtoby is spending every moment of her spare time in between her busy schedule training for the London Marathon next month to raise money for Sense; the UK's largest organisation offering support to deafblind people and their families.
Norwich based Bootcamp Body Transform Fitness (BTF) have committed to raise £20,000 for Nelson’s Journey by recruiting 100 people to take part in Tough Mudder on 2nd May 2015. The gruelling 10 – 12 mile obstacle course is billed by organisers as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’ and tests the endurance, strength and stamina of all those who participate.
Jon Taylor, owner and Head Coach said “At BTF we are passionate about health, fitness, teamwork and overcoming personal challenges by getting out of your comfort zone and realising just how much you can achieve when you push yourself that little bit further so Tough Mudder seemed like a perfect fit.
On Friday 24th October, over 75 people making up 11 teams took part in a quiz 'n' chips fundraising evening in aid of the SOS Bus and OPEN Youth Trust and raised over £1,000.
The SOS Bus was set up in 2001, following the death of two teenagers on Riverside and has been helping anyone who may need their services since then.
Nelson’s Journey are one of two charities being chosen to benefit from a huge charity bike auction taking place outside the LCR at the UEA in Norwich on Wednesday 24 September.
Paul Riches from Bracon Ash Garage in Norfolk is holding the event for the sixth and final time, and hopes this will be the biggest and best year yet. Cycles repaired and serviced to a very high standard, ideal for students or adults will be auctioned to raise funds for both East Anglia’s Children's Hospices and Nelson’s Journey. Mr Riches hopes that funds raised on the day will exceed £13,000.