How Red Nose Day’s Community Cash funding benefited a Norwich toddler last year

Clover Hill Toddler Group benefit from Comic Relief 'community cash' money last year. Tia page and

Clover Hill Toddler Group benefit from Comic Relief 'community cash' money last year. Tia page and Mia Fraser play with equipment that was bought with the grant.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A Norwich toddler group was one of the groups to benefit from last year's Red Nose Day Community Cash funding.

Clover Hill Toddler Group is a volunteer-run meeting place for parents, grandparents and carers of young children from birth to pre-school age.

• How your community group could receive a share of £50,000 - as part of Red Nose Day's Community Cash Grant

It meets every Wednesday morning and last year it received £1000 from Sport Relief through the Community Cash fund.


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Sara Parfitt, who has been running the mornings since 2001, said the grant has helped the group which is within a deprived, low income area.

They have been able to buy a castle, four new tables, a rail for dressing up clothes, train tracks and beakers.

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Ami Ling, 30, travels from Long Stratton to take her toddler Bennie to the group.

She said: 'I know everyone here and its a nice environment. There are different toys every time. I don't have the space for big toys and here they can play with outdoor toys indoors.

'I will always come back to this group.'

Charlotte Burgess, 29 of Norwich, takes her three-year-old Eloise to the group.

She said: 'We have made some amazing friends here. The workers here are brilliant. This is the only group we go to.'

Amie Evans, of Norwich, brings her three-year-old girl Olivia to the group.

She said: 'It's great because in our home environment we can't provide these larger toys.

'It gives Olivia the chance to let off some steam in a safe place.'

A volunteer at the group, Tessa Escritt, 32, said all the workers have been mothers who have bought their children to the group.

She said the grant has helped them to pay for new things that they wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford.

• Did you benefit last year? Email sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk to tell us how you benefited.

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