A celebration to honour Norfolk’s vast number of volunteers

A celebration of volunteering was held at St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

A celebration of volunteering was held at St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A celebration of volunteering was held in King's Lynn to applaud the efforts of those who give up their time to help others.

A celebration of volunteering was held at St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Pictured is the High Sh

A celebration of volunteering was held at St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Pictured is the High Sheriff of Norfolk, James Bagge. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The High Sheriff of Norfolk, James Bagge, decided to throw a volunteering-themed presentation in order to highlight the valuable support they bring to the region.

'It is huge and it is everywhere,' he said.

'Volunteers get as much out of it, if not more, than the people they help. It creates massive opportunities for them.

'It creates communities which his under threat in the society we live in where things are becoming digitalised. There are no focal points and they provide that.'

A celebration of volunteering was held at St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Pictured is the High Sh

A celebration of volunteering was held at St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Pictured is the High Sheriff of Norfolk, James Bagge. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The celebration took place in St Nicholas' Chapel, in St Ann's Street, where several monuments commemorate Mr Bagge's ancestors.

Some 250 guests filled the church pews on Thursday, September 14, from the vast numbers of voluntary organisations across the county.

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Several volunteers gave a short testimony of the valuable support they provided to the people who need it most.

Jo Jones has been volunteering as an advisor for Citizens Advice in King's Lynn for four and a half years.

She said: 'I am a retired person so it is nice to be a part of something and it keeps my rusty brain cells active.

'I'm using my skills and energy to do something worthwhile for the public.'

Also to speak were youth worker Leanne Smart, carer Dorothy Nurse, Rob Rowlings from SERV Norfolk and trustee of Hunstanton Food Bank Richard Shaw.

An inspiring speech was given by Tom Wright, who suffered a brain injury after a motorbike accident in 2012 and now volunteers for charity Headway.

He said: 'I went to the day centre as a client and now I like to volunteer to give something back.'

The Bishop of Norwich Graham James praised the volunteers and likened them to angels.

He said: 'My mother always told me they are always helpful, and tonight I think we heard from real life angels.'

Mr Bagge revealed the surprise finale to be a rendition of Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, which received a rapturous applaud from the audience.

'I take full responsibility for this song,' Mr Bagge said.

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