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Photo gallery: Daring bears help raise funds for community centre at Dereham Windmill

20:34 26 April 2014

Teddy Bear Abseiling Competition at Dereham Windmill. Photo: Chris Gordon.

Teddy Bear Abseiling Competition at Dereham Windmill. Photo: Chris Gordon.

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Daring teddies reached new heights when they descended from a Dereham landmark to raise money for a new community centre.

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This afternoon’s Teddy Bear Abseiling competition saw 50 youngsters put their favourite bear forward to abseil down Dereham Windmill.

All money raised from the day went towards a £105,000 project to build a new community centre alongside the recently-restored 19th-century mill. Alison Webb, head of fundraising, said: “It’s been another lovely, well-attended community event.”

As part of today’s event, a newly donated bench in memory of Christopher Nickolls was unveiled. The wheelchair-friendly bench has been donated by Mr Nickolls’ wife Elaine.

Mr Nickolls, who died in 2012 from amyloidosis, a rare and incurable blood disorder, loved working on his allotments, overlooking the windmill.

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