The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Henry Cator, last night launched a charitable campaign to help disadvantaged young people and highlighted the impact the recession was having on such good work.

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He unveiled his high sheriff’s charity - Nourishing Norfolk Together - at a reception in the Barn at Woodbastwick Hall attended by nearly 200 guests, including The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, and Norfolk Chief Constable Phil Gormley.

Mr Cator aims to raise £200,000 during his year in office to help a range of charities involved with young people.

The money will be administered through the umbrella grant-giving organisation Norfolk Community Foundation.

The charities he will be supporting include Childhood First, which runs two care homes for abused children in Honingham, near Norwich, the Matthew Project, a drug and alcohol support charity, St Edmund’s Centre in Norwich, which teaches skills such as brick-laying, plastering and tiling to jobless young people and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Mr Cator said: “I have children who are not that old and I am conscious that if they have the right guidance to start with they will follow a proper course and become good citizens.

“Because of the recession there are so many cutbacks affecting charities working on the frontline. By not supporting them we are only storing up problems for the future.”

Mr Cator hopes his immediate successors to the office of high sheriff will continue the work he has started through the Norfolk Community Foundation.

He will be holding a series of fundraising events.

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