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Community groups, businesses and individuals keep the money rolling for new Norfolk children’s hospice

Written by  Michael Jarvis
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Community groups, businesses and individuals keep the money rolling for new Norfolk children’s hospice

A Wymondham choir group are among those helping East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in the final stretch of its nook appeal.

The appeal, to raise £10 million for the building of a hospice, to transform children’s palliative care for Norfolk, recently hit £9.1 million.

Construction of the new building got under way in November 2017 and EACH hopes it can become operational this summer, but needs to raise the remaining funds before then.

VivaVoices is among those helping to ensure that happens. A recent choir performance raised £286 and, after, EACH’s Louisa Smart met the choir’s managing director and leader, Graeme Hopson, to receive the proceeds.

Meanwhile, the Horse and Groom in Wrentham, Suffolk, held an evening of mediumship with Samanda Ford to raise £676. That was split equally between the nook appeal and the Sandra Chapman Unit. The evening was organised by Emma English, whose son died at EACH’s Quidenham hospice 18 years ago. She lost her great niece, who also received care from EACH, last year.

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Hayden and Finlay Allen, 10 and 11 respectively, from Dereham, raised £401 by getting sponsored to do a three-legged 5k walk at Thetford Rugby Club, completing the challenge in just under an hour.

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The Material Girls, who run a stall at Great Yarmouth’s Market Gates Shopping Centre, selling handcrafted goods ranging from knitted Christmas tree decorations to hand stretched blankets, have donated £2,000 from their last year of efforts. Pat Bacon and Tish Edmonds, from Caister-on-Sea, have been using their talents to benefit good causes since 2015.

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At Barnham Broom, an open weekend for both members and non-members of its health and fitness club, The Edge, raised £348. Visitors got to use the gym, swimming pool, steam room and more for just a donation to the nook appeal. The total raised was boosted by a raffle including prizes such as a smart TV, Samsung Galaxy tablet and Kettle Foods hamper.

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EACH has also had £1,478 from Joanne Alsop, Darren Clack and Caroline Dennis, of the Tea Room @ Corner House, in West Runton, after they took part in Cromer’s Boxing Day Dip.

The nook appeal has benefited from a £1,000 donation courtesy of Hunstanton Lions Club, too.

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For more information about the nook appeal visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook and more ideas on how to raise money call EACH’s Norfolk fundraising team on 01508 500894.

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