Home for the deaf wins charity hamper

Rotary House resident Michael Petchey and his prize hamper

Rotary House resident Michael Petchey and his prize hamper - Credit: Archant

A tenant at a home for people with deafness has won a hamper donated by a bank to mark the charity being its 10,000th savings account customer.

Michael Petchey, who has lived at Rotary House for the Deaf since 2006, scooped the top prize in a raffle at the home , which supports up to 20 people on King Street in Norwich.

It was provided by the Cambridge & Counties Bank.

Rotary House manager Angi Goldsmith said Mr Petchey was delighted to win the first prize. He added: 'He was ever so pleased. We sell our raffle tickets to lots of friends and family so for one of our own tenants to win the big prize is a bit special.

'The raffle, which this year raised £511, and our other fundraising during the year contributes towards tenant days out, for instance the Royal Norfolk Show, ten pin bowling and for a Christmas present for everybody at Rotary House.

'It can be hard to get prizes donated so when I got the call from Cambridge & Counties Bank to say we were being sent the hamper it was a real boost.'

Cambridge & Counties Bank launched in 2012, offering property loans and asset finance to businesses.

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It also offers deposit accounts and bonds to help firms and other groups, including charities, to earn good interest.

Sue Higginson, the bank's director of business development in Cambridge, said: 'We thought it would be nice to celebrate our 10,000th savings account customer by sending them a gift. That it was a charity was a bonus and that Rotary House is such a good cause was wonderful.'

Rotary House was built in King Street in 1977 - 12 years after the idea of providing accommodation for people with hearing problems was first put forward by members of the Rotary Club of Norwich.

The management committee is made up of volunteers who receive no remuneration for their work.

​Rotary House was originally built in the knowledge that deaf people had many problems getting jobs. While that is still one of the organisation's aims, it is also to provide a secure home for those affected by the condition.

For more information, visit www.rotaryhouse4thedeaf.co.uk or call 01603 626170

Do you have an interesting charity story? Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772684

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