John Lewis staff charity fund-raisers break the record in aid of Royal British Legion’s Halsey House care home in Cromer

Residents at a Cromer care home will be enjoying a summer of trips and treats helped by the �4,000-plus fund-raising efforts of John Lewis staff.

Some 50 men and women working at the John Lewis distribution centre in Norwich chose the Royal British Legion's (RBL) Halsey House home as their charity for the year last April.

And staff representatives were at the home on Friday to hand over the fruits of their labours - a cheque for �4,146 - to the home's manager, Sally Mills.

Halsey House was suggested as the team's 2011 cause by John Lewis warehouse assistant Keith Broom, who is a volunteer at the home where his war-hero father Ken, 89, is a resident.

Mr Broom and work colleagues Alex Hodgson-Bamford and Mel Turner raised more than �900 for the cause with a 90-mile walk from Cambridge to Cromer last June, marking the 90th anniversary of the RBL.


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Other events included a skydive by Ms Turner, a bag-packing day at Waitrose in Eaton, Halsey House's July fete, organised by Mr Broom's wife Carole, which raised more than �2,000, a cheese and wine party plus auction at the home last month, and a number of raffles and tombolas held among John Lewis staff.

Ms Mills said she was overwhelmed and thrilled at the huge amount the John Lewis colleagues had managed to raise.

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She said it would go towards numerous outings and in-house entertainments for the home's current 78 residents.

David Wood, John Lewis warehouse manager, praised Mr Broom for putting 'heart and soul' into the project and added that it was the team's best-ever year of charitable fund-raising.

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