A charity that supports young disabled athletes will receive financial support as a result of an annual Christmas tree festival.

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The 50 Christmas Trees in a Church event in Dickleburgh, near Diss, will have a strong sports theme this year when it is opened by Norfolk Paralympian Danny Nobbs.

The Attleborough shot putter, who represented Britain at the Beijing Paralympics, will open the ninth annual Christmas tree festival at All Saints Church on Saturday, December 1 at 6pm.

The athlete will be accompanied by two London 2012 Games Makers, Cathie Davies, who fenced for Wales in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and Mandy Dutton from Pulham Market, along with Annie Chapman, organiser of the annual Ladies Tractor Road Run, who took part in the Olympic Torch relay.

The festival runs from Sunday, December 2 to Sunday, December 9, open daily from 10am to 7pm. It will close at 4pm on December 9 for prize giving.

This year, the festival is supporting WheelPower, a charity that provides sports wheelchairs for young disabled athletes.

Christmas Trees of all shapes and sizes, some handmade featuring special seasonal messages, will decorate the church, contributed to the event by local businesses, community organisations and children’s groups. The event has a competitive edge, as each organisation that enters has the chance to win prize money in the visitors’ vote for the best trees.

The Rev Norman Steer, who organises the event, said: “I love the Christmas Trees. The best part is the smiles on the faces of all ages when they leave. We are aiming to raise enough money to fund a new sports wheelchair, which will go to a young athlete in Norfolk. I would like to thank Eastern Counties Access Solutions and TWP Designs for sponsoring the event and Active Norfolk for their support and advice. ”

Admission is £3.50 for adults, senior citizens and concessions £3, pre-booked groups £2.75, and children under 16 get in for free. Morning coffee, light lunches and teas will be served.

For more information, call 01379 85424 or visit www.50christmastrees.com

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