Music maestro Barry Holden has admitted feeling “incredibly happy and proud” after raising just over £10,000 from the last of his hugely popular Norfolk festivals.
The 77-year-old has raised thousands of pounds for charities including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (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 bar two, because of Covid, but it was the end of an era when the last one was held at North Walsham Community Centre on Saturday, 28th May.
It was in aid of EACH and Addenbrooke's Teenagers Cancer Trust and both charities will receive £5,100.
Steely cyclists saddled up for a bumper biking challenge and raised more than £50,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The charity’s popular Ride for Life event took place last weekend, with 32 people pedalling 200 miles through the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire countryside. Many more signed up for a one-day, 70-mile package, with 39 riding on Friday and 34 on both Saturday and Sunday. Between them, they raised a staggering £51,225 for EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia.
Events fundraiser Hannah Forbester said: “It was a huge success. “Everything went smoothly and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience. In terms of the amount raised, it’s an outstanding total. We were on around £45,000 by close of play on Thursday, so a further £6,000 came in while the cyclists were in action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We couldn’t be happier and there’s still more sponsorship money to come, so that figure will grow even more. We were also thrilled to get such high numbers taking part. Everyone bonded and enjoyed sharing the experience together. Little groups formed, depending on pace, and there was plenty of encouragement for each other along the way. People made a point of clapping others as they arrived at the rest stops. We’ve had lots of positive feedback since and I know people who did the three-day challenge enjoyed cycling alongside those taking part on individual days. They said it gave them a real injection of energy.”
More than 300 classic scooters from all over East Anglia blazed a spectacular trail during an Easter fundraiser in rural Norfolk.
The dazzling convoy organised by Norwich Scooter Collective visited The Nook, run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Framingham Earl.
Kind-hearted riders gathered for pictures before handing over a cash donation of £1,600, in addition to toys, books and games for youngsters to enjoy.
A further donation is set to follow as the club have a St George’s Day ride planned on Sunday, 24th April.
The Easter fundraiser has become a long-standing tradition among the club’s members. They started their journey outside the Broadland District Council offices in Yarmouth Road, Norwich, and the impressive procession included classic Vespas and Lambrettas. They were joined by friends owning Volkswagen vans.
Determined Olive Duffield is back behind the counter at her favourite charity shop – a year after breaking her pelvis. The long-serving East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) volunteer, 82, was forced to take a year out after suffering her injury in early 2021. She also had a bout of shingles but was always determined to return to the shop in Long Stratton. She has been a regular fixture there for more than a quarter of a century and started volunteering in early 1995, working at the former shop that raised funds for the old Quidenham hospice.
Now she is back where she belongs, dutifully giving up two hours a week every Friday morning. “I’m as good as I’m going to be,” joked Olive, referring to her recent brushes with injury and illness. I never thought about not coming back – it was always something I wanted to do. I wanted to get back in the shop as soon as possible because it’s something I’ve always enjoyed. I don’t get to see many people so enjoy the chance to chat with customers. It gets me out and I like the sense of helping others. The more money we take the better, because of the charity we’re supporting. I’ve known many of our customers for years and seen children grow up, now coming into the shop with their own little ones. There have been so many changes but it’s something I continue to enjoy and would recommend to anyone.”
A kind-hearted nine-year-old raised nearly £2,500 after taking on a 25-mile charity bike ride in rural Norfolk. Ella-May Saunders, who lives in Jermyn Way, Tharston, completed the challenge for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
She cycled for three hours, with one quick pit stop, and was rightly proud of herself after raising an astonishing £2,473. Ella-May’s fundraiser was in memory of James Thorndyke, the baby son of a close family friend who died in February 2017.
James had Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and received care at EACH’s former Quidenham hospice. He died five days before his first birthday. His mum, Susie, is friends with Ella-May’s mum, Louise, and herself a successful fundraiser for the charity, having held two balls in 2018 and 2020 and donated just over £40,000.
Louise said: “We’re so proud of Ella-May. She didn't moan once, stuck to her task and completed the challenge with no problems at all. We only stopped once, for a quick bite to eat and drink in Bunwell. Other than that, she completed the route in one go, in three hours.”
Ella-May added: “It was tough but worth it in the end.”
A series of training and information sessions have been organised for volunteers keen to become part of a charity’s Help at Home service.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
Help at Home is one of its key volunteer services and involves helping families with everyday jobs like shopping, collecting prescriptions, cooking, vacuuming, dusting, washing, ironing and gardening. Other roles include looking after pets and sibling support, including helping children and young people with their homework. One-off projects – things that might not get done otherwise - could include decorating, painting, clearing out rooms and helping families move house.
EACH is keen to hear from anyone able to help, either once a week or once a month. Volunteers can be flexible and all help is appreciated.
A campaign to recruit extra charity shop volunteers has resulted in nearly a hundred new sign-ups.
The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) We Need You initiative ran for a fortnight in January. It featured daily interviews with existing volunteers and eye-catching signage in the charity’s 44 shops, across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. As a result, 92 people have stepped forward and offered their services – taking the army of EACH Retail volunteers to nearly 1,000.
Ian Nicolson, EACH Director of Retail, said: “We’re thrilled with these figures and grateful to everyone who has come forward and offered their support. Ninety-two extra recruits is very impressive because, as I’ve said before, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation. Without them, charity retail isn’t a viable operation. Volunteering is rewarding on so many levels. You get to work with a great bunch of people, be part of a loved charity shop and make a huge difference to the lives of the children we care for by helping the retail team raise such a significant amount of money. I’m so pleased this campaign resonated with the public and they felt compelled to step forward. We look forward to welcoming them to our team.”
Ten lucky runners have the chance to join Team EACH and represent East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices at a popular 10k run in Norfolk. The Recipharm Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR 10k) is taking place in King’s Lynn on Sunday, 1st May.
EACH has been allocated ten spaces and is keen to hear from anyone, whether a novice or seasoned runner, who fancies joining them and helping raise money to support its work across East Anglia.
Tim Jenkins, EACH Community Fundraiser for Norfolk, said: “This is a perfect opportunity for anyone after a fun fitness challenge this Spring. It takes place in the picturesque setting of a historic market town and the scenic course is flat and suitable for all. It’s an enormously popular event and has sold out in recent years, so anyone wanting to get a fantastic event in their running diary should make contact and book their place now.”
Three sisters are turning to pedal power to support a fundraiser close to their hearts. Helen, Gail and Catherine Johnston will be getting in the saddle for this year’s Ride for Life cycle event, which raises vital funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The popular challenge, for keen cyclists and amateurs alike, is being held from 6th to 8th May and takes participants on a stunning journey through the East Anglian countryside.
Helen, Gail and Catherine will be participating for the first time but have a deep connection with Ride for Life, thanks to late father Richard, who died in December 2018. Through his business, Richard was a dedicated long-term sponsor and supporter and this year’s event is being held in his memory. Richard Johnston Ltd, a warehousing company, is based at Snetterton – next to the site of EACH’s former hospice at Quidenham.
Tireless fundraisers from a historic family business are celebrating two landmark achievements – including raising an eye-watering £25,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The CT Baker Group pledged to raise the gigantic sum throughout 2020 to coincide with its 250th anniversary. COVID forced staff to put their fundraising on hold but the firm eventually exceeded its target and managed to donate £25,700.
Team members from across the group took part in a range of activities such as raffles, sponsored beard shaves and even a grueling 30-mile walk across North Norfolk.
Bakers & Larners of Holt, which is part of the group, offered a special range of 250-themed products, including anniversary mugs, and teamed up with local distillery Black Shuck to create a limited-edition gin, where a percentage of each sale contributed to the impressive target.