Fifteen charities are reaping the benefits of the Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival which handed out grants totalling £7,500 to a range of good caues.

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The cash was raised at the charity windbreak auction during this year’s event, which saw scores of people bidding for colourful creations done by local groups and artists.

The main charity, the Fishermen’s Mission received £2,500 in recognition of the vital support it gives to fishermen and their families.

The remaining £5,000 was distributed between 14 local organisations at a presentation held at the Constantia restaurant at East Runton.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said: “This year’s grants help to continue the festival’s tradition of raising money for local charities and we are delighted that so many local community groups will benefit from them”.

Over the past three years the festival has donated more than £24,000 to local charities. At a time when fundraising was an uphill challenge, voluntary and community groups were more important than ever before and the grants would really help at a grassroots level.

The organisations who received grants from festival joint presidents Hilary Thompson and Noel Gant were:

Open Door Community Arts, Sheringham U18s Football Team, Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School, Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association, the Cromer Bells Project, RNLI Cromer, After Breast Cancer Sheringham, Cromer and North Norfolk Festival of Music, Dance and Speech, Cromer Exhibition Foundation, Cromer Christmas Lights, Sidestrand Hall School, Cromer and District Garden Society and Age UK North Norfolk.

After Breast Cancer Sheringham said their grant would enable the group to keep going when it looked as if its fund would run out at Christmas.

Cromer Exhibition Foundation will use its funds to provide grants to Cromer school children who are going onto further or higher education to help with course materials.

The Age UK North Norfolk will puts its cash towards a Learning to Live Again programme which helps older people access activities throughout North Norfolk.

Next year’s festival will be on May 17-19, with the art theme will be announced in January. For sponsorship opportunities email enquiries@crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

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