A Hethersett organisation which helps to improve the lives of young people in Norfolk celebrated its first birthday yesterday. Respect yourself, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to help teenagers develop by sending them text messages about local services which are available to them, celebrated its first anniversary yesterday.

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Organisations including the Norfolk and Norwich Association for The Blind, Leeway and the YMCA took part in the event at the Forum yesterday and the Mayor of Norwich Ralph Gayton found out more about the services on offer.

The organisation is run by mother-of-two, Claire Burke, from Hethersett.

She said: “We show how different people can work together. We deliver text messages about issues which may trouble young people to encourage them to make the right decisions. We will be sending a series of messages from children who have been helped by Nelson’s Journey – they will all be messages from young people.” Mrs Burke said her goal for next year is for Respect Yourself to be granted charity status.

For more information see www.respectyourself.org.uk

Do you have a Hethersett story for the Evening News? Contact Lucy Wright on 01603 772439 or email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk Above: Claire Burke and mayor Ralph Gayton celebrate Respect Yourself’s first birthday with well-wishers at The Forum in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

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