Community integration charities to benefit from thousands of pounds raised during Lord Mayor’s Procession

The cheque presentation of proceeds from the Lord Mayor's Celebration. Left to right, Lord Mayor of

The cheque presentation of proceeds from the Lord Mayor's Celebration. Left to right, Lord Mayor of Orwich David Fullman, Dee Robinson from New Routes, Pa Musa Jobarteh from Bridge Plus and Rosie Sexton from English+ and The Sheriff of Norwich David Walker. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Thousands of pounds raised by generous spectators at the Lord Mayor's Procession has been donated to a trio of charities.

Lord Mayor David Fullman and Sheriff of Norwich David Walker donated just over £4,325 to the Norwich Integration Partnership which helps refugees, asylum seekers, EU nationals and black and ethnic minority people become more integrated across Norfolk.

The partnership is made up of New Routes, The Bridge Plus+ and English + and the £4,325 will be shared equally between the three charities.

An extra £200 was added to that total after a donation from the 1st Norwich Sea Scout Group which raised over £10,000 from the Norwich duck race, held the day after the procession.

Mr Fullman said: 'It was a magnificent effort from everybody. I'm really grateful for the amount that was raised. The charities do fantastic work. They help integrate people into Norwich which provides a richness to Norwich life and ensures we don't have some of difficulties experienced in other countries.'

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The partnership was chosen because the theme for Norwich City Council, chosen by both dignitaries, was 'Norwich is a welcoming city'.

Activities provided by the three charities include language classes, youth groups, women's support sessions, family summer holiday activities and visits to Norwich and Norfolk attractions.

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They also link up with each other and other organisations as well as offering advice on various issues including benefits, access to services and volunteering opportunities, employability skills training and CV-writing.

Money from the Lord Mayor's Procession will go towards general running costs for all three charities and transport costs for people they help.

Rosie Sexton, co-ordinator for English +, said: 'It is great to have the support from the Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich.

'On the day of the procession it was good to have so many people being positive about what we do. It made our clients feel part of Norwich. It was positive for the people who often feel on the fringe of Norwich.'

Dee Robinson,project co-oridinator for New Routes, said: 'The money makes a huge difference.'

Pa Musa Jobarteh, Bridge Plus+ co-ordinator, said the donation was important.

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