Support floods in for our Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign

The scene in Fakenham town centre, after the fire in the town at the weekend. Picture: Ian Burt The scene in Fakenham town centre, after the fire in the town at the weekend. Picture: Ian Burt

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
6:30 AM

Support is flooding in for the EDP’s Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign.

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The scene in Fakenham town centre, after the fire in the town at the weekend. Picture: Ian BurtThe scene in Fakenham town centre, after the fire in the town at the weekend. Picture: Ian Burt

Some of the town’s major players have offered their backing and promised financial donations to help those who lost their homes in the biggest fire Fakenham has seen for decades.

We launched our campaign yesterday after Sunday’s fire which ripped through the Original Factory Shop, formerly an Aldiss department store, the vacant former Currys building and six flats.

We have set a target of raising £10,000 within a month and the EDP’s initial £1,000 donation has been matched by the Original Factory Shop.

Several other businesses and organisations in Fakenham, and nearby, have promised financial support and assistance, including Fakenham Racecourse, Fakenham Garden Centre, Tesco, Morrisons, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, Fakenham Area Business Community (FABCOM), Kick Start Fakenham, Aldiss, Fakenham Tandoori and Waitrose in Swaffham.

Paul Clifford, managing director of Aldiss, which still owns the century-old building, said: “We will financially support the campaign and we also have creature comforts that people need for their homes so we will work with the EDP to help in any way in which we can.”

Meanwhile, Broadland MP Keith Simpson has praised the EDP’s campaign and pledged his support towards it.

He said: “Like with the flood appeal, what is great about the EDP here is that it is not only raising money and awareness to help people but it is also a powerful tool in keeping checks on the various organisations responsible for giving people support in these situations.”

Steven Ward, district councillor for the Fakenham South parish, is also working behind the scenes to help those affected by the fire, said: “It is tragedies like this that bring the best out of people and shows what great community spirit the town has.

“There are already Facebook pages being set up to organise meetings to discuss what can be done to help.

“Many people are donating clothes and appliances to those that have been left with nothing.

“I am equally impressed at how quickly NNDC housing team reacted when I told them what had happened, many had been helped to accommodation within hours.

“I will be looking to work with local businesses to see what money can be raised.”

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