Norfolk good causes shortlisted for the 2013 Lloyds Bank Community Fund

The About With Friends lunch club in Cromer is one of the groups shortlisted. Catering staff member

The About With Friends lunch club in Cromer is one of the groups shortlisted. Catering staff member Lauren Hunt with a guest. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

A group of local good causes striving to make a difference are set to benefit after being nominated for a community fund.

Twenty-four groups from Norfolk have been shortlisted for the 2013 Lloyds Bank Community Fund and four will scoop a share of the money following a public vote.

Fanily-run charity, Hana's Gift, is one of the groups nominated and supports bereaved parents following the loss of their baby or young child by providing funding for headstones, memorials and memory boxes, and also emotional support.

Karen Murray-Tye, founder, said is was 'absolutely brilliant' to be nominated and if successful for the top prize of £3,000 the charity would use the money to provide a memorial garden in Norwich as a place for bereaved families to go to.

'This means so much to us as it is helping to support the work we want to do,' she said. 'It means our name is really getting out in to the community too.

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'As a small family-run charity we obviously rely on fundraising so when things like this come along it really gives us a boost.'

All of the shortlisted groups are set to receive an award and the two with the most votes will each receive £3,000, while another two receive £300 each. The number of votes cast will decide how the money is allocated.

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Graham Lindsay, of Lloyds Banking Group, said: 'We are looking forward to showcasing the fantastic work being delivered by an enormous range of local good causes in communities across the country and encouraging everyone to get behind their local community groups by casting their votes.'

Organisers estimate that 52,950 people in the East of England will benefit from the investment.

Other causes which have been shortlisted are Nelson's Journey, Norwich Vineyard, Palliative Care East, Big C, North Lynn Discovery Centre, Purfleet Trust, The Norfolk Hospice, 1st Littleport Scout Group, Boughton Fen Committee, Gayton Primary School, Rainbow Preschool Gooderstone, About with Friends, Caister Roma Youth Football Club, D.I.A.L, The Benjamin Foundation, 11th Norwich Sea Scouts, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Norwich and Norfolk Association for the Blind, Sporting Light Appeal, Black Dog Judo Club, Bungay and District Sports Association, Hethersett and Meltons Sports Association and Waveney Foodbank.

• Find out more about the groups involved, the Community Fund and how to cast your vote by clicking here.

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