Norwich City legend Grant Holt conquered his fears and plunged 13,000 feet for a daredevil skydive in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The Canaries hero took on the adrenaline-charged fundraiser at Beccles Airfield on Friday morning, along with ARC Group Managing Director Chris Ford. Grant is an ambassador for the company, which has chosen EACH to be its charity partner in 2022.
“I’m petrified of heights but when I woke up and even when I arrived I was surprisingly calm and looking forward to it,” said the former striker, who helped Norwich to back-to-back promotions and was named player-of-the-year three times at Carrow Road. I wasn’t too bad in the plane, either, and it was only when the door opened that I thought ‘oh wow, here we go’. After that, I loved the feeling of being in freefall and the adrenaline when you’re floating towards the ground was absolutely unreal. It’s addictive and I think I might do it again one day!”
Grant and Chris have so far raised nearly £3,000 from their skydive, which was postponed because of the weather conditions shortly before Christmas.
Music maestro Barry Holden has taken to shop volunteering to ‘strum’ up more funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The 76-year-old has raised thousands of pounds for children’s charities, including EACH, by staging a series of Live Aid-style concerts in North Walsham.
The first was in 1986, inspired by Sir Bob Geldof’s global fundraiser, and another took place in January 2005 in the aftermath of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami.
Barry’s gigs have since taken place every year, apart from the last two because of COVID, and raised in the region of £100,000.
As if that was not enough, Barry started volunteering in EACH’s North Walsham shop six months ago and he was speaking during week one of the charity’s We Need You campaign.
The recruitment drive started on Monday and runs until 28th January, with the aim of encouraging others to step forward and help in one of the 44 EACH shops across East Anglia.
“It’s something I thoroughly enjoy,” said Barry, whose wife, Chris, has been volunteering in the shop since 2018. “I worked in the retail industry for years and it’s nice still having some involvement, despite being retired. EACH is a charity that allows you to share ideas and use your own initiative and it’s lovely working alongside a fantastic bunch of people. I find it very rewarding.”
There was magic in the air when a dashing dragon stomped its way into the grounds of a children’s hospice.
The mythical model has been donated by Norfolk’s ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure and will spend the next 12 months at The Nook – East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) base in Framingham Earl, near Norwich.
Among those to drop him off were Dippy, the attraction’s dinosaur mascot, who met children including Bradley Jackson (pictured).
Adam Goymour, Park Director at ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure, said: “With Christmas just round the corner, we wanted to spread a little festive cheer to those who need it most and we hope the children and families at The Nook enjoy the beautifully-painted dragon. Dippy and our staff enjoyed making the special delivery and it’s lovely to support and help an amazing organisation like EACH.”
Road all about it!
Campervan enthusiasts got in gear and clubbed together to raise thousands of pounds’ worth of toys for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The fundraiser was organised by the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire branches of Dubs of Vanarchy (a national Volkswagen campervan members’ club). After a photo opportunity on the drive at The Nook hospice, members in eight vans, plus a convertible Beetle, hand-delivered the goodies to EACH’s nearby offices at Manor Farm Barns.
They were loaded with hundreds of gifts donated by members, family and friends, in addition to a box of toys received from Matthews Transport, in Great Yarmouth.
The group also made a donation of £1,270 - £870 of which came from Alan Brimble, of ADT Transport, in St Helens. A Facebook fundraising page raised a further £270.
Fancy hitting the road and helping support a leading children’s charity?
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is on the lookout for volunteers to get involved with its daily van runs.
This could involve being a driver or going along to help and support one of the existing drivers, based at the charity’s Retail Distribution Centre (RDC) in Thetford.
Supply Chain Manager Roger Leggett said: “Our resources are fully stretched and any extra help would make a massive difference. We have four vans and three of them take stock to the various EACH shops, which are dotted throughout East Anglia. The fourth is used more for furniture runs – both collecting and dropping off – mainly in and around Norwich. It might be that someone can drive one of the vans for us, or they might be asked to go along and help and support one of our existing drivers. Sometimes it can be hard work and physically demanding, lifting furniture and heavy items on and off the van, and that’s where an extra pair of hands would be invaluable.”
Kind-hearted Shanice Green admitted being overwhelmed and crying tears of joy after quadrupling her fundraising target for 2021.
The 25-year-old, whose brother, Leo, died in 2010, is a long-time supporter of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and set herself a modest goal of £500. Instead, after arranging a series of events throughout the year, including a successful fancy dress party, she ended up raising more than £2,000. Her phenomenal efforts will help the charity continue supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
Shanice said: “I’m very proud, happy and grateful for the support I’ve received. To have raised so much is overwhelming. It’s lovely and something I didn’t expect. I cried tears of joy when we hit £2,000. I just couldn’t believe it. People are buying into these events and that gives me such encouragement. I enjoy organising things. I find it fun and relaxing and when things come together and are successful, it’s so rewarding. My whole family are right behind me, as well as my partner, Gareth. The support is incredible and even complete strangers have made donations. Raising so much this year makes me hopeful I can hit £3,000 in 2022."
It’s a well-known saying that money doesn’t grow on trees. However, there is a way you can help raise vital funds for charity by taking advantage of an environmentally-friendly tree collection service this Christmas.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), in conjunction with Just Helping, is offering to collect and recycle your tree and will be calling at homes across Norfolk. All you have to do is make a voluntary donation to EACH, which cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and has a hospice at The Nook, just outside Norwich.
Volunteers will be collecting from households with the following postcodes – NR1, NR2, NR3, NR4, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8, NR9 3, NR14 7, NR18 0, NR19 1, NR20 3, NR25 6, NR26, NR27, IP22 4 – during the first fortnight of January. Your collection date with depend on your postcode and you will find more information when you register.
Five talented musicians have vowed to glean something positive from a harrowing situation by releasing a charity single in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Norfolk indie-rock band Red Wine Talk hope to raise more than £1,000 and will be releasing The Deep Blue Sea Between Us on 1st December.
Songwriter and guitarist Callum Robb says the ambient, ten-minute track “fell from his guitar” – but admits it was driven by raw emotion because it is in memory of friend Connor Clark. The 18-year-old was training at the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre, in Devon, and died on 12th June, 2021. His body was found near a railway track.
Now Callum and Co have decided to release their charity single for EACH and headed into the studio to record it on 7th November. It will now be fully mixed and mastered for release on all streaming platforms and CD.
More volunteers are needed to help out at a popular charity shop in Wymondham.
The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices store is based at Anchor House, in Market Place, and open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and between 10am and 4pm on Sunday.
Shop Manager Becky Cooke is keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining her team and supporting the cause. She said: “We’d love to hear from anyone interested in joining us. As many extra pairs of hands as possible would be wonderful. We’re looking for all-rounders who fancy helping with a variety of jobs, like sorting, pricing and operating the till. However, if anyone has any specific requests that’s fine, too. We’ll always do our best to cater for everyone. For instance, we have separate toy and book rooms and some people just love working in there.We’re a friendly bunch and anyone who joins us is assured of a warm welcome. Everyone’s equal and we all get stuck in together, as part of a team.”
Creative Mary Hyder is proving a real-life ‘material girl’ and helping raise vital funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
The 69-year-old, who volunteers in the charity’s Swaffham shop, has teamed up with a local upholstery business to source high-quality fabric for EACH customers.
The move is already paying handsome dividends and hopes are high it could prove a money-spinner for the Market Place store.
Mary said: “It all started when I popped into Narborough Upholstery and got talking to (owner) Simon Emery, telling him about my role with EACH. When he told me I’d be welcome to look in the remnants box, I assumed it would be full of odds and ends and bits and pieces. What I found was far more than that, though. There were yards of high-quality fabric and more than enough to cover things like chairs and stools."