Norwich charity champion is dragon for £100,000 Eastern Daily Press giveaway

Launch event of the Eastern Daily Press Community Chest initiative in association with the Norfolk C

Launch event of the Eastern Daily Press Community Chest initiative in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation. The judging panel will include (left to right) Graham Tuttle, Darron McLoughlin , Paddy Seligman and Nigel Pickover. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A renowned charity champion is one of the dragons for the EDP's £100,000 giveaway.

Launch event of the Eastern Daily Press Community Chest initiative in association with the Norfolk C

Launch event of the Eastern Daily Press Community Chest initiative in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation. The judging panel lef to right Graham Tuttle, Darron McLoughlin , Paddy Seligman and Nigel Pickover. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

The recently-launched Community Chest campaign, in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation, will give a whole range of not-for-profit community groups the opportunity to apply for a piece of the prize pot.

Groups across Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire are welcome to apply and Paddy Seligman OBE, who has dedicated her life to volunteer work, is one of the five dragons helping to choose the beneficiaries.

She said: 'I'm really excited about it. It is going to be quite a challenge to choose who receives the money but a lot of people will benefit across the community.

'There are so many deserving groups out there and it will be enormously helpful, especially for small groups.'

Whether brownie groups are planning a summer barbecue, boxing clubs need a new minibus or a domestic abuse support group needs a helping hand with their rent, the money giveaways that start in January and are part of a £100,000 campaign which will run throughout 2016.

Every month cash sums will be distributed and all local groups have to do is collect 500 tokens from the EDP in one month - some days the newspaper will include one token and others it will offer readers five - and complete a short application form.

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Paddy Seligman added that she hoped the 500 token target would open up the community and bring people together to help reach the total amount, with families friends and local businesses collecting in partnership to help a good cause. The tokens will change colour monthly and groups will have the opportunity to apply every month if they wish.

EDP editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover, said: 'We hope to do some good and support communities and local people. There is something wonderful about Norfolk and this is a fabulous way to link our region together.

'We want to engender this feeling of togetherness. £250 means a lot to a lot of people and we hope to give out a lot of £250s.'

The other dragons are Mr Pickover, Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the Norfolk Community Foundation, Archant circulation director Darron Mcloughlin and Julie James, whose husband is the Bishop of Norwich.

For more information, rules and an entry form visit www.edp24.co.uk/community chest

If you are thinking of applying, share how a piece of the £100,000 fund could help your community group, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk