September 23 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Daring teddies reached new heights when they descended from a Dereham landmark to raise money for a new community centre.
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.