Treasure hunt helps hospices

The satellite group presents the EACH chequeWymondham rotary

The satellite group presents the EACH chequeWymondham rotary - Credit: Archant

Treasure hunters have given a boost to a hospice charity appeal by using their metal detectors in fields outside Wymondham.

The Wymondham Satellite Rotary Group organised a fundraising metal detector for East Anglia's Chiildren's Hospices' nook appeal to build a £10m hospice.

The fundraising detector rally was held in August with the generous cooperation of a local farmer who opened his fields for a weekend.

This brought detectorists from all over the UK and some from Europe.

It has now been announced that the rally raise £8,366.50 for EACH.

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Finds included hammered coins, a 13th/14th Century silver-gilt cross, a sovereign type penny of Henry V111, issued by Cardinal Wolsey and a modern gold finger ring.

The Rotary group said the event was well organised, with little disruption to the local residents, everyone enjoyed themselves and the attendees were a credit to the detecting community.

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David Lister, chairman of the Wymondham Satellite Rotary, said: 'Bringing so many people to Wymondham for the weekend and raising so much money for EACH was amazing to see and an incredible achievement.'

James Bacon, EACH Corporate fundraiser, said: 'We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in raising this fantastic sum for our nook appeal.

'The EACH nook appeal aims to raise £10 million to transform children's palliative care across the county, and includes building a new hospice called the nook.

'These valuable funds raised will help to make this vision a reality for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk.'

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