The ninth annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints’, Dickleburgh, drew to a close on Sunday, with the prize-giving for the most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival.

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Dickleburgh Good Companions’ tree was the winner in the adult category and Gissing Children’s Centre won the children’s category.

The Nick Arnull Plate for the most innovative tree was awarded to Daisychains, a charity that supports families who suffer from, or have ever suffered from, postnatal depression.

Funds raised from the event will go to WheelPower www.wheelpower.org.uk, a charity which provides sports wheelchairs for young disabled athletes.

The Rev Norman Steer, event organiser, said: “This has been the best Christmas tree festival we have had so far. We began with the visit of Paralympic athlete Danny Nobbs for our official opening. His inspirational attitude, determination to do well, warmth and love for sport shone out of him and set the tone for a fabulous week.

“Many more children’s groups visited than before to sing carols and listen to Christmas stories and we had lots of regular return visitors.

“We look forward to working with WheelPower to secure a sports wheelchair for a young Norfolk athlete and will soon start planning for 50 Christmas Trees 2013.”

For more information about 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, call 01379 854245 or visit www.50christmastrees.com.

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