The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) is one of several local charities who have benefited from a Norwich businessman’s decision to give away £10,000 for the second year in succession.

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Carl Lamb, managing director of Thorpe St Andrew-based financial advice firm Almary Green, first made the donations last year to mark his company’s 10th anniversary and has decided to do so again.

This year’s cash awards have been split between 23 groups in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and ranged from £150 to £1,000.

It was the NNAB which scooped the biggest award though, being given £1,000 for its Young Eyes project.

The NNAB plans to buy special equipment for its new Rainbow Tots under-fives group – including a light and music dome, a light panel and floor mats.

NNAB chief executive Max Marriner said: “We are hugely grateful to Almary Green for treating our submission so kindly and being willing to step up to the plate to help us provide vital equipment for young people who have not had the best start in life.”

Norfolk has 414 young people registered blind or visually impaired – with 114 of them on the NNAB books.

Mr Marriner added: “It is extremely important that Norfolk has a focus on the sensory development of children with blindness or visual impairment. This equipment will take us quantum leaps forward in putting children in charge of making that exploration and investigation for themselves,”

Elsewhere, Flordon Community Trust got £500 towards a kitchenette in the local church hall, the Old Buckenham Luncheon Club received £150 for a microwave oven and a further £150 went to Norwich-based Little Fish Swimming Club to purchase training equipment.

Mr Lamb, who wants the awards to become an annual event, said: “Business is not all about making money. We are a well-established firm with a strong client base and have had a successful year. I believe that means we have a responsibility to reinvest in the community; a duty to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

“We had many follow-up letters after last year’s awards, we received invitations to attend social occasions – and the Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation even named their new boat after us, that was a lovely gesture.”

Last year’s award to Whitlingham Boathouses Federation of £2,000 for an adaptive scull suitable for both disabled and novice rowers has been topped up with another £530 to pay for adjustable oars.

Almary Green is based at the Meridian Business Park, in Thorpe St Andrew.

Are you doing something amazing for charity? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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