Our Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign smashes £10,000 target in just 15 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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
6:30 AM

The EDP’s Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign has already smashed its target of raising £10,000 to help victims of the major fire which hit the town on May 25.

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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.

We launched our campaign the next day, stating our aim to raise £10,000 within a month.

But your generosity ensured that, by yesterday, the appeal fund proudly stood at £10,200 – just 15 days after it started.

And we are urging people to keep donating to ensure we can get support to people who need it the most.

EDP editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover said: “From day one we knew there was a great need to help the people in Fakenham whose lives had been turned upside down. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of businesses, organisations and individuals who have given an amazing show of support.

“I urge people to keep that support coming in. This campaign is by no means closed – we are in this for the long term.”

The funds were swelled by a generous £1,000 donation from Fakenham’s Kinnerton chocolate factory.

This follows recent donations of £500 from the Fakenham and District Rotary Club and Fakenham Racecourse.

A meeting will be held in Fakenham tomorrow to discuss precisely how the funds should be used. This will be attended by representatives from Norfolk Community Foundation, North Norfolk District Council, Fakenham Town Council, Fakenham Area Business Community and the EDP.

The money will be used to help people who have lost their homes and, potentially, small businesses which have been affected.

Graham Tuttle, chief executive of Norfolk Community Foundation, said: “It has been a really good achievement to raise this amount so quickly. We will soon be able to get this money out of the door and to the people who need it the most.”

Efforts to reopen Fakenham’s Upper Market area are continuing.

Demolition work has begun on the fire-ravaged former Aldiss department store and the clearance of the site is expected to take about three weeks.

Fakenham’s market is due to continue in the Bridge Street car park on Thursday.

To donate, make cheques payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and take it to your nearest EDP office or send it to The Norfolk Community Foundation, St James MIll, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1SH.

Have you been affected? Email adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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