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Saluting more of Norfolk's community fundraisers

PUBLISHED: 12:50 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:50 07 November 2017

Only The Brave: Fancy tackling this challenging (and very muddy!) obstabcle course? Picture: Steven Sparkes

Only The Brave: Fancy tackling this challenging (and very muddy!) obstabcle course? Picture: Steven Sparkes

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Gina Long profiles more Norfolk community fundraisers in her latest monthly column.

Kaiden Griffin (4) volunteered his services to cut 14 inches off Lauren Lawton's hair to raise money for poorly children. Picture: Ian Burt Kaiden Griffin (4) volunteered his services to cut 14 inches off Lauren Lawton's hair to raise money for poorly children. Picture: Ian Burt

I have been lucky enough to work with and meet many inspirational fundraisers in my many years of charity fundraising. I cannot begin to imagine the difference being made on the lives of local people, because of the commitment, dedication and tireless effort of all those involved in organising and participating in so many wonderful charity events.

The majority of charities depend on volunteers support and fundraising, if you’re not already involved with your local community or a particular charity do consider taking a look. Any precious time you’re prepared to give will be so appreciated. Plus it’s a lovely platform to meet new friends too….

Four-year-old Kaiden Griffin, from Holt, volunteered to cut off 18-inch plaits from veterinary nurse Lauren Lawton, 29, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Kaiden’s Big Fight.

Horse-mad Kaiden, who is more used to pony tails on ponies, suffers from a life-limiting heart condition. His parents Kyra Welch and Kieron Griffin set up ‘Kaiden’s Big Fight’ to help raise money to make memories with their son.

The Snowflake Extravaganza at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, on Monday December 18 will raise funds for Break.The Snowflake Extravaganza at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, on Monday December 18 will raise funds for Break.

Lauren Lawton from Swaffham, works with Kaiden’s aunt, Bonika Belshaw, at Grove Vets in Fakenham and heard how his family were raising money to help others in their situation. Wonderful Lauren set herself a target of £500 and so far has raised an incredible £596. The hair that Kaiden assisted in chopping was donated to The Little Princesses Trust. The trust make wigs free of charge, for children who have sadly lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

Kaiden you are a super star and SUCH an inspiration. For more information about ‘Kaiden’s Big Fight’ do visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Kaidensbigjourney/

If you don’t mind getting muddy, then please do consider taking part in the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s obstacle course event ‘Only The Brave’ on March 25 next year. Taking place at the beautiful Elveden Estate, you will have a choice of either a six- or ten-mile course, with 20-35 obstacles, and plenty of mud to go around!

Providing a life-saving, emergency helicopter service to the people of East Anglia the teamwork and bravery of the EAAA teams, should not go unnoticed. This year they are encouraging other teams to take part in the obstacle course to highlight the skills they all bring to each other.

Many people do not realise that the EAAA is a charity. Tim Papworth, an ex-patient and 2017’s top fundraiser, said: “EAAA perform miracles, as I know, I’m one of them. Without public donations, and fundraising they would not be able to save lives.”

For more information on the event, please do visit www.eaaa.org.uk/events/onlythebrave or email catrina.laskey@eaaa.org.uk. Or if you would like to read more about the work of EAAA, visit their website www.eaaa.org.uk.

With Christmas just around the corner, the time of giving to others is upon us. Christmas is a wonderful time of year to give back to your community and take part in some wonderful fundraising too.

The Snowflake Extravaganza, held by Break Charity, at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, on Monday December 18 is a great way to start your Christmas celebrations.

Promised to be a festive evening, full of goodies, mulled wine, mince pies, and a flurry of snowflakes, please do consider putting the date in your diary. Doors open at 4.30pm and the carol concert performed by the wonderful City of Norwich Brass Band, and Southrepps Chorale, begins at 6.30pm.

Father Christmas and his Elves will also be joining in the fun, with some Christmas activity tables for the children.

Donations from this event will be used helping to change young lives locally, by supporting the work of Break.

Tickets are priced at £2 per person, and children aged under one go free. For tickets, please see the Break website www.break-charity.org, or contact danielle.gravestock@break-charity.org.

And you definitely remembered, remembered the fifth of November. Bonfire night is always a prominent night in the charity calendar with many clubs and organisations coming together to raise much-needed funds for local and national charities.

The Deer’s Glade Charity Fireworks night was one such event. This year the Camping and Caravan Club raised funds for ‘About with Friends’ whose mission is to give people with learning disabilities the opportunities and quality of life they deserve. The charity is made up of permanent and part-time staff, volunteers and valued supporters. About with Friends offer support, activates, guidance and care.

More than 1,000 people attended the evening which began with a beautiful candlelit procession through the woods at Deer’s Glade, near Suffield, following ‘Guy Fawkes’ to the Muntjac Meadow where the display took place.

The money is still being counted, but the team at Deer’s Glade are confident that this year’s event was a great success and are delighted to have raised money for such a fantastic cause.

If you or someone you know has done something remarkable for charity no matter how big or small, I would love to hear about it please email gina@geewizzcharity.com or follow @geewizzgee1

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