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Home-Start Norwich Snowflake Appeal

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Home-Start Norwich Snowflake Appeal

Home-Start Norwich has launched its first Snowflake Appeal, to raise funds for its work supporting children and families who are struggling to cope, with the support of The Forum in Norwich.  Snowflakes designed by children from local schools and community groups are on display around the Forum, in the Children's Library and Fusion to help raise awareness of the charity’s appeal.

“Many young children face tragedy and hardship,” said Sharon Hearsum from Home-Start Norwich, “When families struggle to cope with illness, disability, bereavement, poor housing, mental ill health, or many of these problems at once, Home-Start supports them until they can stand on their own two feet again. ”

Last year Home-Start Norwich’s 66 volunteers supported 122 families. However, the charity is unable to support all families who need help as demand for its support is so high, particularly at this time of year.  The Snowflake Appeal runs from 1 November until 31 January 2015.

A Home-Start mum said, "Home-Start has helped me through one of the toughest times in my life and I can't imagine how it would have been without them. They gave me support, encouragement and reassurance and helped me and my children to learn to laugh and enjoy myself again”.

“The circumstances of each child and family are unique and fragile,” said Helen Brown, Funding and Project Co-ordinator. “We tailor make our support to their unique needs.  That is why we have a unique and fragile snowflake to represent the appeal”.  We would like to thank all of the children who have already taken part by designing a snowflake – and encourage anyone else who would like to add to the display, running until Christmas, to visit the Children’s Library in The Forum. 

Home-Start Norwich has been supporting local families since 2000. All funds raised by the local Snowflake Appeal will go to help local children and families. 

“In addition to raising awareness through our snowflake display, we are asking people to do something they love to help raise funds,” added Helen.  “Whether you make loom band snowflakes (instructions on YouTube) and sell them to your friends, get sponsored to run to the North Pole (on a treadmill at your gym), knit or crotchet snowflake Christmas decorations to sell, or get your school involved in a bake sale – there is a way to fundraise to suit everyone.”

Funds raised should be returned to: Helen Brown, Home-Start Norwich, 3 St Benedict’s View, Grapes Hill, Norwich NR2 4HH.

Further details from:  Home-Start Norwich:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01603 616400 or The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01603 727950

Special thanks to the following for their snowflake contributions:

Angel Road Junior School, Avenue Out of School Club, Cheeky Monkeys, Drayton Church Nursery, Garrick Green Infant School, Home-Start families, Nightingale First School, Taverham, Sparhawk Infant and Nursery, Sunflower After School Club, 1st Lingwood Scouts, 27th Norwich Brownies

About Home-Start: Home-Start Norwich aims to help children get the best possible start in life.  We work to support families who are struggling to cope.  We help them develop and strengthen their relationships with their children, to grow in confidence and support them through a difficult period in their lives.  Many parents need help and friendship during those early years when children are young.  Home-Start Norwich supports families who have at least one child under five.

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