Hospital charity ball has a Norfolk twist

A charity ball with a difference will celebrate all things Norfolk.

A charity ball with a difference will celebrate all things Norfolk.

The Nelson's County Ball at the Royal Norfolk Show Ground on May 26 will be a showcase for the county's food, music... and even slang.

The fundraiser is the brainchild of Amy Greenwood and friend Jess Smith - two self-confessed Norfolk girls who wanted to celebrate their own county.

Even the menu combines Norfolk produce and Norfolk slang, complete with 'herb-crusted hin an' orl the trimmins', and a 'gret ol' bit a white chocolate and mandarin torte for ar'ters'.


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All proceeds will go towards the cancer and haematology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The two hit upon the idea while looking for a way to raise money for the hospital, which cared for Miss Greenwood's grandmother, Bridget Greenwood, before her death at age 58 in 2005.

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She said: 'My grandma was the rock of our family, and she died after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

'The support and help she got, and that my family got, was just fantastic and I wanted to do something to thank the hospital.

'The people who work in the department are brilliant and I really admire them for the job they do.'

Miss Greenwood, a former events organiser from Reepham, said she and Miss Smith, who works in the catering industry, decided to put their experience to good use.

She said: 'I didn't want to do anything sporty, and a charity ball seemed to make sense. Since we came up with the idea, we have gone from strength to strength.'

As well as locally-sourced food, the ball will feature Norfolk musicians, tables named after Norfolk landmarks and famous figures – and the two organisers hope the county's businesses will back the idea too.

The evening will include a charity auction and raffle – with prizes including a week's holiday in Spain – and the organisers hope to raise more than �5,000.

If the event proves successful, Miss Greenwood hopes it can become established as an annual fixture.

'It's a way of celebrating Norfolk and bringing the community together,' she said.

'Unfortunately everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and this is a way of raising money for a fantastic cause.'

Tickets for the ball are available from www.nelsonscountyball.co.uk

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