Community Chest boxes ready for collection

Eastern Daily Press Community Chest. Left to right, David Galletly, Allison Annis, Chris Weston, Hel

Eastern Daily Press Community Chest. Left to right, David Galletly, Allison Annis, Chris Weston, Helen Downing, Alan Jennings.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Just five days to go and we're ready for action.

From Monday January 4 you can start collecting tokens for our £100,000 2016 Community Chest giveaway.

Ahead of the first Community Chest tokens being printed, starter packs and golden tickets have been shuttled to EDP offices across the county.

People can now collect their posters, leaflets, collection boxes and a special golden ticket worth 50 tokens to kick-start their application for between £250 and £2,500.

The EDP Community Chest campaign, in association with Norfolk Community Foundation, has £100,000 to give away throughout 2016 to non-profit community groups. Each month throughout 2016 there will be a fresh opportunity for people in Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire to apply.

In January £15,000 will be handed out and all groups need to do is collect 500 tokens from the EDP and fill out the application form.

The tickets will change colour every month, meaning groups can apply more than once for a piece of the prize pot.

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EDP offices in Dereham, Fakenham, Cromer, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, Beccles and Norwich now have the starter packs ready for collection and the sales team will also deliver them to people who are unable to get to any of these locations.

On weekdays one token will be printed in the EDP and on Saturdays five will be available - with bonus tokens featuring randomly throughout the month.

Whether the money is needed for a cub scout picnic or to help with a running club's rent, five 'dragons' will be judging who benefits from the cash.

The judges are Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the EDP and Norwich Evening News, Paddy Seligman OBE, who has dedicated her life to volunteer work, Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the Norfolk Community Foundation, Archant circulation director Darron Mcloughlin and Julie James, whose husband is the Bishop of Norwich.

Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief, said: 'We hope to do some good and support communities and local people. There is something wonderful about Norfolk and this is a fabulous way to link our region together.

'We want to engender this feeling of togetherness. £250 means a lot to a lot of people and we hope to give out a lot of £250s.'

For more information, rules and an entry form visit www.edp24.co.uk/communitychest

- If you are planning on applying or for information about having a starter pack delivered, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk