February 2018 sees the return of Norfolk Will Help, a collaborative will writing project between Age UK Norwich, Big C, Keeping Abreast, Nelson’s Journey and NNAB, raising funds to benefit their work.
With research indicating that two thirds of adults have not made a will, the five Norfolk charities are working together to encourage people to plan for the future. 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.
The Harleston-based Freemasons’ Lodge of Marksmen has donated £1120 to Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA). The money was raised by Lodge of Marksmen members at their meetings, clay pigeon shooting events and through personal donations.
Nigel Hood, Past Master of the Lodge said: "My mother has been a volunteer for NDA’s Hearing Support Service for nine years, working on their mobile clinic at Harleston, Diss and Long Stratton, so I know how valuable this is to the community. Older people can find it difficult to maintain their hearing aids and this service is taken to towns and villages, so there is no need for the user to travel to Norwich for help.”
Two members of First Focus staff and six volunteers have trained as Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA) Hearing Support Service volunteers, to ensure the continuation of Fakenham’s Tuesday NDA clinic at First Focus, following the departure abroad of NDA volunteer June Walden.
April Simnor, First Focus Co-ordinator, explained: “In June this year, we lost a vital service when a long standing and greatly valued NDA volunteer, June Walden, emigrated for a new life abroad. Not wanting to lose the Hearing Support Service clinic, we took action with NDA, who trained staff and volunteers to ensure that the clinic could continue every Tuesday, from 10am to 12noon.”
Norfolk Deaf Association’s (NDA) Hearing Support Service looks after 10,500 Norfolk residents with NHS supplied hearing aids and is encouraging more people to get in touch and use this free service. More than 124,000 people in Norfolk have some degree of hearing loss. This equates to 1 in 7 people.
The NDA Hearing Support Service’s staff and volunteers offer home visits, as well as a mobile clinic, which visits 28 towns and villages throughout Norfolk. There are also nearly 130 community clinics; most of which are for residents at nursing homes and sheltered schemes, but some are open to the general public. The volunteers look after hearing aids, clean and replace tubes, fit ear moulds correctly, replace filters, supply new batteries and provide advice on how to get the most out of hearing aids.
Tia’s Treasures began in 2011 when Tia was just 6 years old. Tia started out by creating beaded bracelets for family and friends until she soon realised that she could turn what had started out as a hobby into a fundraising enterprise calling herself Tia’s Treasures. Tia decided she would not only create bracelets but necklaces, key rings, bag charms, mobile phone charms, earrings, rings, brooches, bookmarks and magnets.
Tia began donating the proceeds from the sales of her “treasures” to CLIC Sargent and CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust) as these charities had supported her Best Friend Demi who had been battling Retinoblastoma since the age of 6 months, by the age of 8 Demi had unfortunately lost her sight in both eyes.
It was “Cheers!” 14,500 times over when representatives of children’s charity Break dropped in at Norfolk opticians Dipple & Conway.
Norwich’s Fat Cat Brewery brewed a special commemorative beer for a unique glasses-meets-glasses initiative to celebrate the centenary of Dipple & Conway’s independent practice.
Long-time supporters of Break, Dipple & Conway promised to donate 10p for every pint sold in the initial three-month run of Cat’s Eyes ale, brewed just in time for last year’s Norwich Beer Festival. And the tipple proved so popular with Norfolk’s real ale drinkers that the family firm found themselves pulling a cheque for £1,450.
Nelson’s Journey, Norfolk’s charity supporting bereaved children are today launching exam guidance for young people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.
Through their work, the charity have become aware of a number of bereaved young people who have been affected by the content of an exam question, particularly when that content is specifically referring to a bereavement experience.
A young person who received support from the charity sat an English language exam in which they were required to explore creative writing. The text chosen referred to a Mum who was dying of cancer and the impact this had on the family. The text was an accurate reflection of their own life story, as their Mum had died just a few months earlier in very similar circumstances.