Beaming smiles as wind farm lights up north Norfolk charity

About with Friends member Kim James with Ross McMillan and Nigel Tompkins from Sheringham Shoal wind

About with Friends member Kim James with Ross McMillan and Nigel Tompkins from Sheringham Shoal windfarm at the switch on of new lights at the charity's Cromer HQ. - Credit: Archant

With turbines generating enough energy to power a city the size of Norwich it provided the obvious solution when a charity needed some new lights.

About with Friends Cromer base is now illuminated with LED lighting thanks to a £5,000 donation from the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm. The money was provided from the wind farm's community fund, which has paid out more than £450,000 in grants since 2011.

About with Friends supports people with learning disabilities and their families across north Norfolk.

The charity's development manager Steve Smith said: 'The old lights were constantly flickering, which creates a lot of problems for people with epilepsy. This will improve the quality of our lighting and reduce the electricity bill.

'We were hoping to get grant funding for this and it is really good that the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund has been able to provide the money.'

The lights were officially switched on at a ceremony attended by Cromer Mayor Tim Adams and Sheringham Shoal bosses on Tuesday.

Sheringham Shoal operations lead Ross McMillan said: 'It is important for us to see what the fund is able to provide for the local community. It is nice to be able to give something back to the area, especially such a very worthwhile cause.'

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