Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign gathers pace as applications for funding due to open in the next few days

The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher. The demolition has started on the former Aldiss building in Fakenham town centre, after it was destroyed by fire in May 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
8:51 AM

After smashing our £10,000 target in just 15 days the EDP and Fakenham and Wells Times’s joint Let’s Fight For Fakenham campaign is swiftly moving forward.

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A meeting about how the funds should be distributed was held in Fakenham yesterday.

Details of how people can apply for funding are being finalised and due to be released in the next few days.

Application forms will be available from the EDP and Fakenham Wells Times’s Fakenham office, on Norwich Street, at the Fakenham Connect offices, on Oak Street, and on the North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) website.

The campaign will help people worst affected by the biggest fire Fakenham has seen in living memory which ripped through the heart of the Upper Market area on May 25.

Yesterday’s meeting was attended by NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick, who is also leader of the Conservative Group at Norfolk County Council, NNDC chief executive Sheila Oxtoby, Fakenham mayor Jeremy Punchard, who also works for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and is a district councillor, district councillor Roy Reynolds, Fakenham town clerk Linda Jennings, EDP editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover and EDP and Fakenham and Wells Times senior reporter Adam Lazzari.

Mr FitzPatrick said: “Applying for funding will be an easy and straightforward process.

“Our officers will be there to help people and nobody should be concerned or put off by the prospect of filling in forms.

“We are moving forward with this campaign to make sure we can get help to people who need it as quickly as possible.”

Despite hitting our £10,000 target we are urging people to keep raising money for the appeal and generous donations are continuing to pour in.

The Hain frozen foods factory in Fakenham has just donated £1,800 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has promised to donate more than £600 which fire fighters collected when they were special guests at Fakenham Racecourse’s ladies’ day event.

Mr Pickover said: “We really want people to carry supporting this campaign to raise even more money because there is a big need for it and your money will be put to good use.”

To donate to our campaign, make cheques payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and send them to The Norfolk Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1SH.

Alternatively, you can drop cheques in to your nearest EDP office.

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