New Break charity fund-raising manager is former chief executive of Hamlet Centre in Norwich

The new fund-raising manager at north Norfolk-based charity Break is Michael Rooney, who has been chief executive of another good cause for the past three years.

Mr Rooney has joined Break, which provides care and support for vulnerable people in East Anglia from its base at Sheringham and range of other locations, having come from the Hamlet Centre Trust, which supports children and adults with disabilities and their carers.

He is a qualified social worker who has worked in social care for the past 30 years. He started as a care assistant in a home for older people moving on to manage residential and day service units for Norfolk County Council social services department, most significantly the Vauxhall Centre.

During his spell in charge of the Hamlet Centre he oversaw the setting up and opening of the Hamlet Centre's new children's service in Norwich in September 2011.

Mr Rooney, who has been married to wife Liz for more than 30 years and has three children, is a sports fanatic who supports Norwich City and the England cricket team. He is a very keen cyclist, sings in a swing-jive band and confesses to being renowned for having a head full of trivia nonsense. Break chief executive Chris Hoddy said: 'We are delighted to welcome Michael to Break at a time when our services are developing and growing. We hope his expertise will give a much needed boost to our fundraising to enable us to continue to provide much needed help and support to vulnerable children and families in East Anglia'.

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Break's services include children's homes, short breaks, family assessments, helping women with mental health needs, and support for young people leaving care.

For further information on the work of Break, please contact Liz Richards, senior communications and marketing officer, on 01263 822161 or 07748 112709, email, or visit

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