Blickling Proms helps young people’s lives get on track

Blickling Proms charity partner. Lisa Ward, centre, director of Revival Productions pictured with Jo

Blickling Proms charity partner. Lisa Ward, centre, director of Revival Productions pictured with Joanna Storey, left, and Laura Linsdell from the Benjamin Foundation. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Concert-goers could help young people get their lives back on track this summer - just by partying to some of their favourite tunes.

More than 5000 concert-goers enjoyed the open-air concert at Blickling last summer. Picture: CHRIS T

More than 5000 concert-goers enjoyed the open-air concert at Blickling last summer. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR - Credit: CHRIS TAYLOR

Organisers of the Blickling Proms weekend in August have announced that they will, once again, be adopting The Benjamin Foundation as their partner charity.

And the money raised could help refurbish the communal lounge at its accommodation centre in neighbouring Aylsham, as well as buy a new computer to help residents with college work and job hunting.

Last year the proms, held lake-side on the National Trust estate at Blickling Hall, donated £1000 to the charity, which supports children and families across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Lisa Ward, from organisers Revival Productions, said: 'It is important for us to support a local organisation and The Benjamin Foundation does such great work supporting young people and their families in difficult times.

The Classic Ibiza concert at Blickling Hall. Two families get together for a selfie by the sign. Pi

The Classic Ibiza concert at Blickling Hall. Two families get together for a selfie by the sign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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'They're great to work with and as well as many other areas of assistance, they also offer stability for around 100 young homeless people including one in Aylsham just a few miles from our venue.'

Claire Reynolds, Director of Corporate Services for The Benjamin Foundation, said: 'We offer each person a place in one of our centres for up to two years, with a view to helping them to integrate back into society and one of our colleagues is on hand 24/7 to give help and advice.

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'The aim is to help them to support themselves, make positive life choices and go on to live fulfilled lives.'

Claire said: 'Last summer our staff and volunteers enjoyed selling programmes and talking to concert-goers about the work of the charity and both evenings were fantastic.

The Classic Ibiza concert at Blickling Hall. Stephanie and Anthony Bubb from Beccles. Picture: DEN

The Classic Ibiza concert at Blickling Hall. Stephanie and Anthony Bubb from Beccles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

'[Our Aylsham] centre now needs some funds to refurbish and redecorate the communal lounge area and is also very much in need of a new desktop computer to help residents with college work and job hunting.'

The Proms weekend launches on Friday, August 11, with Classic Ibiza, when Blickling will play host to what promises to be this summer's coolest open-air classical dance party.

The following night sees the return of The Great British Proms, with The National Symphony Orchestra, Only Men Aloud, the City of Norwich Pipe Band and a fireworks finale.

Concert-goers only have until this Tuesday to snap up early bird discounted tickets at the reduced price of £30 (£35 thereafter and £38 on the night).

Early bird tickets are now on sale for this year's proms weekend at Blickling. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR

Early bird tickets are now on sale for this year's proms weekend at Blickling. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

For more details and to book, visit www.greatbritishprom.co.uk or call 01630 674342. Group discounts available.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for this year's proms weekend at Blickling. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR

Early bird tickets are now on sale for this year's proms weekend at Blickling. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

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