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Calendar created by Coccolino Childrenswear in Norwich will raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices nook appeal

Coccolino shop owner Dorothy Thompson with the 2017 calendar which will raise money for Nook appeal.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Coccolino shop owner Dorothy Thompson with the 2017 calendar which will raise money for Nook appeal. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

A calendar which will raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices nook appeal has gone on sale, inspired by the death of a special baby boy.

The 2017 Coccolino childrenswear shop calendar which will raise money for Nook appeal.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY The 2017 Coccolino childrenswear shop calendar which will raise money for Nook appeal. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Dorothy Thompson, who owns Coccolino Childrenswear in Timberhill, Norwich, got the idea for the calendar when one of her customers gave birth prematurely.

Mrs Thompson said: “If you look inside the cover, there’s a little baby called Kai.

“He was in the hospital from when he was born at 24 weeks.

“I think he had lots of problems with his lungs and because I had met his mum I felt I had known him.

“I wanted to do something for the nook appeal for a long time, and I know EACH supported Kai’s family.”

The calendars, which are £5 each, will raise money for the EACH nook appeal.

The nook appeal was launched two years ago to raise £10m to transform children’s palliative service, including a new purpose-built facility in a five-acre woodland site at Framingham Earl.

It will replace the Quidenham hospice, which has been EACH’s for almost 25 years.

Mrs Thompson said she had had a lot of support from local businesses, many of whom have their children featured in the calendar.

She said she was especially grateful to photographer Steve Sparkes, at Perfect Pose Photography, who took the children to locations to get the ideal shot.

Around 50 calendars have already been sold, with the hope of raising £500 for the appeal by March.

To buy a calendar pop into the store or visit www.coccolinonorwich.co.uk

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