Sincere thanks to all you wonderful Norfolk fundraisers

PUBLISHED: 11:33 23 June 2018

Fundraiser Darcy with the Sea Palling Lifeboat team

Fundraiser Darcy with the Sea Palling Lifeboat team


Gina Long signs off her monthly columns about Norfolk charity fundraisers with this special report.

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National Volunteers’ Week is a wonderful way to pay tribute and say thank you to the army of volunteers who help so many charities and organisations every single day.

It is a great celebration of our unsung heroes who do so much good in our local community.

From left, Stephen Allen of Norfolk Freemasons, Alison Cooper (Fundraiser - Musical Keys) and CEO Ed Maxfield.From left, Stephen Allen of Norfolk Freemasons, Alison Cooper (Fundraiser - Musical Keys) and CEO Ed Maxfield.

One great example of this is at the forthcoming Royal Norfolk Show, the flagship county event and one that is a permanent and popular fixture in my calendar.

As with so many charity and fundraising events, the success of the show – which takes place next Wednesday and Thursday - owes so much to its voluntary support.

Fundraiser Samantha Brain with Paula Hall, chief executive of the Purfleet Trust.Fundraiser Samantha Brain with Paula Hall, chief executive of the Purfleet Trust.

Many charities have used National Volunteers’ Week to say a public thank you to those who offer so much time, dedication and commitment.

I would like to say my own thanks and congratulations who all those who do so much, for so many. You are a credit to the voluntary sector.

Dragon Boat racing will be returning to Oulton Broad.Dragon Boat racing will be returning to Oulton Broad.

Following hot on the heels was National Carers Week and it was great to learn about the work of Carers Matter Norfolk who organised a number of events throughout the week and across the county.

The overarching message was to raise awareness of their crucial support role to carers and help individual carers, of all ages, realise that they are not alone.

As the summer weather continues to shine over Norfolk, there have been so many great fundraising events to report on.

There’s not many five year olds who would gladly give up their birthday presents in lieu of donations for their local lifeboat.

But that’s exactly what little Darcy Hardingham from north Norfolk has done, as she continues her fundraising quest for the Sea Palling Independent Lifeboat.

Darcy’s mum, Hannah, said: “Darcy’s been obsessed with fundraising for about five months now. We just went to the beach one Sunday and the lifeboat was out doing some training, and she just loves it. Ever since she’s wanted to fund-raise for them.”

Darcy invited the lifeboat crew to her birthday party in April, and specifically asked the crew’s mascot Gordon the Gorilla to come along.

Chairman of the Sea Palling Lifeboat association, Mark Skemett, said: “This little girl, who we now know to be Darcy, just started coming in and making donations.

“Then we saw on Facebook that she’d had the back of her school fleece embroidered saying ‘Raising money for the Sea Palling Lifeboat’, but we didn’t know anything about it.”

Darcy raised £150 from her birthday and selling tutus in aid of the life boat. She will be selling them at the lifeboat day at Sea Palling in August. Congratulations, inspirational Darcy!

Individuals and families living with disability and additional needs in Norfolk who access the services of Musical Keys, will benefit from the support of Norfolk Freemasons.

Musical Keys has been awarded a grant of £5,000 which will contribute to the charity’s ongoing work.

This wonderful charity supports people of all ages, who are geographically and socially isolated as a result of their disability. Through music and arts-based activity, Musical Keys assists its service users to develop personal and social skills, gain confidence and express themselves, as well as offering a vital support network to parents and families.

A student from Hills Road Sixth Form College supported a West Norfolk charity’s aim to eradicate homelessness in the region by raising money on their behalf.

Samantha Brain donated £232 to The Purfleet Trust after collecting the funds from a successful bake sale at her college.

Samantha says she was drawn to the charity after reading about their aims and objectives, especially their aim to eradicate homelessness in West Norfolk.

As well as aiming to eradicate homelessness in the region, The Purfleet Trust works to provide relief for people who are homeless, or whose lifestyle puts them at risk of homelessness.

They aim to support and empower those in need to make positive lifestyle choices by enhancing their health and wellbeing and encouraging them to live independently in suitable accommodation.

Numerous charities are set to receive a fundraising boost as one of the region’s most colourful festival returns.

With the eagerly-anticipated East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival returning to Oulton Broad on August 11, entries are continuing to build for the popular event which will support a number of national and local charities including Nelson’s Journey, QEH King’s Lynn Breast Care Unit, EACH Nook Appeal, The Big C, Princes Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dragon Boat Festival on August 11 is an open charity event this year with teams invited to enter and raise money for the charity of their choice.

To find out more, visit the

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