Big C chosen as charity for Royal Norfolk Show Ball 2018
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Next year's Royal Norfolk Show Ball will raise money for Norfolk cancer charity, Big C.
The show ball has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities over the past five years of themed summer events, and the proceeds from next June's spectacular will help fund the building of a Big C community centre in Norwich, which is due to open in late 2018.
The 2018 ball promises guests a throwback to the roaring twenties, with live entertainment and music, a glamorous charity auction, a game of heads and tails and a prize raffle.
To celebrate their announcement as next year's summer ball charity, team members and volunteers from Big C visited Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich and tried on some 1920s costumes, including flapper dresses and period evening wear.
Clive Evans, director of income generation and communications at Big C, said: 'A big thank you to the Maddermarket for helping us to celebrate our announcement as next year's Norfolk Show Ball charity.
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'Thanks also to the City College hair and media make-up students who did a wonderful job in creating an authentic look and the UEA who provided volunteers for the shoot.
'We are really looking forward to being transported back in time to the atmospheric roaring twenties. It is a fascinating and glamorous era and it promises to be a fabulous event.'
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In 2015, more than 1,000 people in Norwich were diagnosed with cancer. Last year Big C provided emotional and practical support more than 15,000 times at their Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital centre, and it is hoped that the development of a new centre in Norwich will help Big C provide their services more broadly.
Mr Evans said: 'Cancer affects us all in different ways and supporting people affected by cancer is integral in optimizing their health and wellbeing. Big C has a long history of providing outstanding services to help people through their cancer journey. This new community centre will mean that more people will be able to access Big C support where and when they need us most.
'We are currently seeking corporate sponsors to support the Norfolk Show Ball and we would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in joining with us to help raise funds to help local people affected by cancer.'
• Find out more about the Royal Norfolk Show.