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Friday, December 21, 2012
A new cancer charity shop at Cromer aims to add advice and support services for patients and their families.
Big C, Norfolk ad Waveney’s cancer care cause, has opened its ninth shop in the former Briggs jewellery shop in Church Street.
It is appealing for donated stock, and volunteers to help get it off the ground.
But there are also plans to add cancer support services in 2014, using a back area of the premises for patients and carers to seek help about their condition.
It is part of Big C’s Closer to You scheme which sees similar outposts in Yarmouth and King’s Lynn - designed to provide support on people’s doorsteps rather than them having to make round-trips to the charity’s main centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Community fund-raiser Diane Northway said there were also plans to set up a support group covering Cromer and Sheringham where the charity has had a shop for 3½ years.
The shops were a high street presence for the charity’s work - and raised more than £530,000 a year. There was also need for fundraising which brought in another £600,000 with events from coffee mornings and fashion shows, to marathons and parachute jumps. Next October a Unite and Bike event would generate cash by cycling through Tanzania. Big C also relies on legacies which amount to about £350,000. It spends about £1m a year on equipment support and research having been formed in 1980 by two men having to go to London for treatment.
Mrs Northway said “last year’s Cromer Boxing Day dip raised money for us - and a year later we are opening a shop here.”
It is being run by manager Wendy Brown who said people making donations were often cancer patients or there families, who wanted to give to say “thank you”.
The shop will be open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday - including on January 1 when the town is busy with crowds heading to see the fireworks.
It can also be contacted by anyone wanting to make donations, organise fundraising actiivities, or offer themselves as volunteers on 01263 516989.