A comedy panel game has put the smile on the face of Norfolk’s carer charity.

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The Skip Ahoy evening held at Cromer Pier in October, which saw the Bishop of Norwich join the teams tackling a range of fun questions, has raised more than £5,000 for the EDP We Care Appeal.

The panel game was the second half of an evening at the Pier Pavilion and featured writer and broadcaster Keith Skipper partnering the Rt Rev Graham James, while entertainer Olly Day teamed up with BBC radio and television presenter Carol Bundock.

Charity founder Paddy Seligman said she was thrilled with the sum raised by the evening, which reflected recognition of the role unpaid carers played in the community.

The money went into an invested capital fund, whose interest was used to make grants which helped carers with everyday life and respite.

The most recent batch of donations included money for: a man without transport who needed a bicycle to go shopping; laptop computers to help ease people’s rural isolation; a hair and beauty session to give a carer a boost; three short holidays for carers while the people they cared for were on respite breaks; and a garden shed for a longer term carer wanting breaks down his allotment.

Mrs Seligman thanked panellist Keith Skipper, who came up with the idea partly to mark his 50 years in journalism and broadcasting and also to help the charity he and his family, friends and associates had raised £23,275 for over the past 12 years.

She also praised the support of the Cromer Pier Pavilion venue for waiving fees and charges, and sponsorship from the R G Carter group, which all contributed to the success of the event which made a total of £5271.

The next big We Care fundraiser is the sell-out EDP Festival of Carols at St Andrew’s Hall on Wednesday.

The Cromer panel game was the latest in the Should the Team Think? series run by BBC Radio Norfolk and will be broadcast at 1pm on Boxing Day.

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