Staff from Frank’s bar in Norwich jump out of a plane for Lourdes charity

They are used to serving tea and cakes in a trendy cafe in Norwich's city centre.

But four Frank's Bar colleagues had an unusual work day when they jumped out of an aeroplane, raising over �1,200 for charity.

Front of house staff Theodora Lecrinier, Paul MacGowan, Bex Cross and co-owner Ella Williams parachuted into Beccles airfield for the HCPT Pilgrimage Trust, a charity which takes thousands of children with disabilities or special needs on a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes in France.

Miss Williams said the charity means a lot to her as her mum and sister are heavily involved in the trips they run. She said: 'It was an amazing experience. I had done a parachute jump before but for some reason this one felt like a totally different experience.'

The children taken on the tours travel in small family-style groups with experienced volunteer helpers, doctors, nurses and chaplains. The trust has a house in the mountains outside Lourdes for people of all ages with disabilities.

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As well as the jump, the cafe organised a FrankFish party night in July, which was helped by DJs from neighbouring shop DogFish, which raised over �600 thanks to a 40-prize raffle donated by local businesses in the Norwich Lanes and surrounding areas.

Miss Williams added: 'We were really impressed with the generosity of all the local businesses. Practically everyone we asked donated something towards the raffle, which proved that there really is a nice sense of community around here.'

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