North Walsham church hoping for a chunk of the next Community Chest Fund

North Walsham methodist church is looking to raise money for the Rainbow club and parent and toddler

North Walsham methodist church is looking to raise money for the Rainbow club and parent and toddler group ran at the with the EDP's Community Chest fund award and for new audio equipment in the church rooms via a hearing loop. Pictured is Anne Russen (holding community chest box) and some of the users and organisers of rainbow group, Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The Methodist Church in North Walsham is one of many hoping to receive a chunk of the next EDP Community Chest Fund.

Many members who attend the church service have hearing difficulties, and they rely on the hearing loop to aid them.

But the loop is now 20 years old and on some occasions it has had members reaching for their ears as it's too loud or not hearing altogether.

They will be collecting the tokens to replace it for a new modern one which costs about £500.

Angela Burrell, steward, said: 'The current hearing loop has to be treated very carefully and on occasion we have some people who can't hear, so we definitely need to update that.

Graham Bunn, also a steward, added: 'At the moment the hearing loop is on an ordinary PA booster, some can't hear and when people go to the microphone to speak you see people suddenly clamp their ears.

'The new one will have the same wiring but it will have dedicated amplifier senses when someone is loud or quiet it will adjust appropriately.'

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The church also needs to raise £100 towards the cost of new low tables. This will be to replace the high tables that are used for the mother and toddler group, Rainbows, currently.

Rainbows is a mother and toddler group consisting of about 15 members and meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.

The church has many other activities, including a youth club on Friday night's, a puppet group, a café and a craft group.

Mrs Burrell added: 'It would be brilliant to receive the money, it will make a difference to both ages of people who use the church.'

The community box will be placed in the church for those wanting to add their tokens.

In March there will be £10,000 on offer and local organisations could get £250 apiece.

To put yourself in line for a cash boost, all you need to do is collect tokens printed daily on the back page of the EDP.

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