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Charities pulling together this Christmas to support people in need

PUBLISHED: 15:49 18 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:16 20 November 2017

People can fall 14,000ft through the air in a parachute for the Santa jump in aid of the Big C charity. Picture: UK PARACHUTING

People can fall 14,000ft through the air in a parachute for the Santa jump in aid of the Big C charity. Picture: UK PARACHUTING

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Worthy organisations are teaming up this Christmas to raise the profile of good work in the region.

A carol concert by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital choir and Norwich Citadel Salvation Army Band is being put on at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich for Keeping Abreast charity. Picture: KEEPING ABREASTA carol concert by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital choir and Norwich Citadel Salvation Army Band is being put on at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich for Keeping Abreast charity. Picture: KEEPING ABREAST

The Charities United group was set up with the aim of bringing together a variety of organisations to share ideas on boosting individual projects.

Domestic violence and abuse support charity Leeway is collecting gifts for women and children it cares for this Christmas. It is also hosting a charity ball and quiz to raise funds. Picture: LEEWAYDomestic violence and abuse support charity Leeway is collecting gifts for women and children it cares for this Christmas. It is also hosting a charity ball and quiz to raise funds. Picture: LEEWAY

So far, 14 groups have signed up and they will meet up every three months.

The Big C charity is putting on carol concerts to raise funds this Christmas. Picture: BIG CThe Big C charity is putting on carol concerts to raise funds this Christmas. Picture: BIG C

Below is a round-up of groups involved:

The East Anglian Air Ambulance will be raising funds through the Winter in the Woods events at Kelling Heath this Christmas. Picture: EAAAThe East Anglian Air Ambulance will be raising funds through the Winter in the Woods events at Kelling Heath this Christmas. Picture: EAAA

■Age UK Norwich is dedicated to making later life the best it can be for older people. It is supporting lonely older people through befrienders or Christmas dinners at lunch clubs this festive season. Visit www.ageuknorwich.org.uk, email enquiries@ageuknorwich.org.uk or call 01603 496333.

A youngsters supported by the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) YoungEyes project. The NNAB is hosting a pamper evening and gin tasting event in aid of the charity. Picture: BETH MOSELEY PHOTOGRAPHY.A youngsters supported by the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) YoungEyes project. The NNAB is hosting a pamper evening and gin tasting event in aid of the charity. Picture: BETH MOSELEY PHOTOGRAPHY.

■The Big C, Norfolk and Waveney’s cancer charity which offers emotional and practical support to patients, has organised a Santa-themed 14,000ft sky dive on December 9 at Beccles Airfied and carol concerts. Visit www.big-c.co.uk/santajump for details.

The Benjamin Foundation is appealing for Christmas gifts to donate to children, young people and families across Norfolk and Suffolk. Picture: THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATIONThe Benjamin Foundation is appealing for Christmas gifts to donate to children, young people and families across Norfolk and Suffolk. Picture: THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

The charity is also putting on carol concerts until December 21. Visit www.big-c.co.uk for more information.

■Kelling Heath, between Sheringham and Cromer, will be turned into a winter wonderland on December 2, 9 and 16 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

The charity provides an emergency helicopter medical service across East Anglia 365 days a year.

The EAAA’s Winter in the Woods events will feature stalls and the chance to meet Father Christmas. Visit www.eaaa.org.uk/events

■Keeping Abreast offers patient-led support for women faced with breast reconstruction after a breast cancer diagnosis or discovery of a breast cancer gene.

It has organised a carol concert at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich, on December 13, from 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. It will feature the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Choir and music from the Norwich Citadel Salvation Army Band.

It is free but donations are welcome. Visit www.keepingabreast.org.uk/donate-now

■Domestic violence and abuse support charity Leeway is collecting items, including toys, food hampers and arts and crafts items for women and children supported at the charity’s refuges. Leeway has organised a ball at Sprowston Manor Hotel on November 25 and quiz at Park Britania on Waterloo Park, Norwich, on December 7, 6.30pm. Visit www.leewaysupport.org/events

■NANSA, which supports and empowers people across a range of age groups with varied physical, learning and sensory disabilities, is raising £18,000 for children who struggle to sleep.

It is putting on a carol concert in John Lewis, Norwich, on December 9. Visit www.nansa.org.uk or email fundraising@nansa.org.uk.

■Child bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey, which supports people up to the age of 18 who have lost a loved one, has organised a carol concert on December 11. For details visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk

■The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) has organised a pamper evening on November 24, 6-9pm, at the NNAB Bradbury Activity Centre on Edward Street, Norwich, gin tasting experience on December 1 and Christmas gathering on December 14.

The NNAB is an independent charity which helps blind and visually impaired people of all ages enjoy active lives. Visit www.nnab.org.uk

■Norwich & Central Norfolk Cruse Bereavement Care is selling cards at Cards for Good Causes at The Forum and the Original Charities Christmas Card Shop on St Stephens Street. It is part of a national charity for bereaved people offering confidential support through volunteers. Visit www.cruse.org.uk/Norwich

■The Benjamin Foundation is asking for donations of small presents for the people it supports across Norfolk and Suffolk, including vulnerable young adults at risk of homelessness, as well as children and families in challenging situations. Visit www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk

■Children’s charity Break is hosting a Snowflake Extravaganza at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, on December 18, including a Christmas market at 4.30pm and carols from 6.30pm. Tickets via www.break-charity.org

Break supports children and young people in care, young care leavers, children and young people with disabilities and families experiencing crisis.

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