Norwich charities benefit from Secret Millionaire

The exact amounts of cash an undercover millionaire donated to three Norfolk charities was revealed this evening.

Recycling tycoon, Ed Douglas Miller, was filmed in Norwich for the Channel 4 programme, the Secret Millionaire. During his eight-day stay in the city, he befriended people involved with three charities close to his heart.

The Evening News has previously reported the fact that Mr Miller had visited the city, but the donations he gave to each charity was a top secret until the show was aired this evening.

Mr Miller donated �12,000 to Hana's Gift, a charity which helps bereaved parents.

Former Hellesdon High School pupil Karen Murray-Tye set up Hana's Gift in memory of her daughter who was stillborn in 2006. Mr Miller shared with Mrs Murray-Tye his own grief after his daughter, Annabel, died just days after she was born.

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Mrs Murray-Tye, 33, now of Aylsham, said: 'Ed gave us two cheques: he gave us �12,000 for Hana's Gift and �2,000 for us to go on holiday because he said I looked tired.'

Mrs Murray-Tye went on holiday to Kent with her husband, Paul, their two children Eloise and Connor, her parents Lesley and George, sister Kat and nephew Cameron.

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She added: 'I can't thank Ed enough for what he has done for the charity. We are so honoured that he has agreed to be a patron.'

Mr Miller donated �14,000 to Action for Blind People.

Sprowston woman Bernie Reddington, 43, who works for the charity said: 'We had a cheque for �14,000 for the charity and I had a cheque for �4,000 which Ed said I had to spend on myself. He wanted me to buy a new cooker which I did and I also bought a dishwasher.'

She also went on holiday to Devon with husband, Marcus, three children Chris, Katie and Abbie-Rose and Chris' girlfriend, Kate.

The money donated to the charity funded two GPS systems for blind people, a device which helps people with sight loss make trips on their own more easily. It will pay for Mrs Reddington's position with the charity be extended for 12 months starting from April 1, 2012. Her position is currently funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

After meeting Chris O'Flaherty from Costessey, who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease, Mr Miller donated �14,000 to the Norfolk and Waveney branch of the charity.

Mr O'Flaherty also sadly lost him mum and brother to the condition. He said: 'Ed gave me a cheque for �14,000 sponsorship for the Great North Run which was for Motor Neurone Disease and he gave me �1,000 which just went on bills. I was a bit short of money and it helped me'

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