Trust set up to help needy children at Holt Youth Project in memory of much-loved West Runton mum

The memory of a devoted north Norfolk wife, mother and youth work volunteer is set to live on, bringing lifeline help to some of the area's neediest young people.

Anna Hill, who died of cancer aged 57 last year, was a keen volunteer at Holt Youth Project, where she worked with vulnerable young people.

Now her proud sons James, 33, and Edward, 30, have set up Anna's Trust to raise money for the project, with the first aim to buy new clothes for some of the youngsters.

On June 16 they will join other members of their family, and friends, in tackling the Fritton Lake Triathlon - the first of many fund-raisers planned to boost the trust's coffers.

And some of the project staff and young people are set to be there to cheer them on – demonstrating the love they had for a woman who Holt Youth Project manager Julie Alford said had a 'huge heart' for young people in need.

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Mrs Alford said: 'We both had the same heart for the same things and we just bonded. We used to sit together and cry about things.

'She was just amazing. For us, it is as though she has gone but is still helping us in a different but amazing way through her boys and her husband.

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'We are so very grateful, and will do anything we can to support what they do.'

Mrs Hill, who also did clerical work at Benjamin Court in Cromer, lived at West Runton with her husband Steve, 63.

She regularly drove to Holt to work at the youth project, where she endeavoured to be 'another mum' to needy children.

Edward, who used to work at Langley School, near Loddon as marketing manager and is now doing a similar job at a school in London, said: 'Mum was heavily involved in Holt Youth Project in developing ideas for them and would go there a few days a week to help out.

'She was looking to develop an arts and crafts room where young carers could go and learn basics like knitting and sewing.

'My dad works with Julie Alford down there as well. They have spoken about how we can help out. We are fund-raising to help youngsters with very fundamental needs like clothing - helping them to have their own clothes.'

The money raised will go towards helping young people with emotional and psychological problems, those who are vulnerable and in need, those dealing with rural isolation and others who are carers or who are not in education, employment or training.

Mr Hill added: 'I don't think people really understand the levels of deprivation in that area. People think about Gresham's School and the town centre, but there's quite a significant problem with poverty.'

He said it was 'nice to help at a local level', and said: 'When you go through something you have time to reflect on your background and upbringing and you come to realise how lucky you've been to have such a stable family and a dedicated mum.

'There's so many families and children out there who are not as lucky as we were. Mum was trying to be a mum to other children who needed it, and to give them some stability.

'We want to continue that. We can't commit the time, but we can try to help financially.'

Mr Hill said the aim was to be 'continually fund-raising' for the youth project to enable its services to expand.

To sponsor the family's efforts in the Fritton Lake Triathlon, visit

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