Funds raised by staff and customers at Norwich and Fakenham Aldiss stores presented to Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group

A year's worth of fundraising has been presented to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group by Norfolk furniture company, Aldiss.

Staff from the Aldiss stores in Norwich, in the Hall Road Retail Park, and Fakenham, in Oxborough Lane, met with members from the support group to celebrate raising �3,000.

The money has been raised through in-store collections from customers, as well as fundraising events held by Aldiss staff, such as quiz nights and sponsored walks.

All the money has gone towards the support group for the palliative care unit at Priscilla Bacon Lodge, based at the Colman Hospital in Unthank Road, Norwich.

Malcolm Fuller, treasurer for the support group, said: 'We don't get many donations of this size, we often rely on a lot of smaller donations.

'So to get big companies like Aldiss involved is great. We were their charity of the year and we are getting more and more demand every year, so we are very grateful for that.'

There were around 20 collections tins based between the two Aldiss stores and Mr Fuller said the �3,000 that has helped to raise can make a big impact for Priscilla Bacon Lodge.

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He added: 'That amount can make a tremendous amount of difference. One of the things that cost a lot of money for us are reclining chairs that meet NHS standards, which can cost anything up to two or three thousand pounds.

'We also often pay for ambulance drivers when they can't get an NHS ambulance at short notice, and that can be particularly expensive now, with rising fuel costs and everything.

'So we very much appreciate the work of the Aldiss staff over the last year.'

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