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Hard work of villagers pays off as safe Santa walk raises hundreds of pounds for EACH

Written by  Michael Jarvis
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Hard work of villagers pays off as safe Santa walk raises hundreds of pounds for EACH

Over 100 residents of Brisley and surrounding areas managed to take part in a Santa walk earlier this month, with the organisers working hard to make sure they could help East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) during a time the charity has never needed more support.

Brisley’s village hall committee were behind the fundraising effort, supported by a generous grant previously received from the Norfolk Community Foundation, and ensured the event complied with all relevant regulations, and kept participants safe. Those who took part walked a signed course before receiving a certificate and gift from Father Christmas. Outside the village hall, they were able to enjoy mince pies, hot sausage rolls, mulled wine and festive music by the Fakenham Ukes. Great care and creativity meant stalls offered seasonal games, without the need to handle anything.

Ian Edwards, one of the organisers, said: “There were many highlights, but perhaps the most magical sight was when we were joined by two miniature donkeys dressed in Santa hats and Christmas jumpers. It was a lovely community event and raised over £720 for EACH. We hope this will become an annual event in the Brisley village hall calendar. Thank you to everyone who helped to organise or support in any way.”

Phil Gormley, EACH Chief Executive, who attended the event and ran a stall alongside his family, added: “It was so good to see some form of a community fundraising event taking place in a year when these have been very few and far between. A big thank you to everyone in Brisley who got this going and proved that, with enough preparation and planning, things can be done safely. The festive spirit was truly alive and the generous people who took part even relieved me of over £100 worth of EACH Christmas cards!”

EACH has adapted to meet the constant ongoing need for complex nursing and end of life care throughout the pandemic. It is now experiencing a surge in requests for support as families who have been shielding and self-isolating become exhausted from providing care alone.

The charity says the best present for families this Christmas would be a donation to ensure staff can be there for them when they need support. EACH is expecting a £2.2 million loss in funding over the next 12 months as a result of disruption to fundraising activities and its shops - a third of the total it needs to support families across East Anglia.

To make a donation and for more information about fundraising activities people can take part in at the moment, including a Christmas tree recycling scheme, head to www.each.org.uk/christmas-2020. To buy EACH Christmas cards go towww.each.org.uk/online-shop.

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