Walkers step out for Norfolk charity

Tony Ing, chief executive of The Benjamin Foundation; Karl Alderton, managing director of sponsors C

Tony Ing, chief executive of The Benjamin Foundation; Karl Alderton, managing director of sponsors Comms Supply; Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager at The Benjamin Foundation; former Norwich City footballer Paul McVeigh and Mark Durrant, operations manager at Kelling Heath. - Credit: Submitted

A local charity helping people cope with challenging circumstances has received a sum of more than £12,000 from a north Norfolk tourism business.

The donation was the result of two years' support for The Benjamin Foundation by Kelling Heath Holiday Park.

The Weybourne based holiday park raised the money in several ways including dinners for its holiday home owners and on site donation tins.

As well as collecting cash, Kelling Heath hosted one of the charity's key fundraising events the annual Butterfly Walk last summer.

Kelling Heath operations manager Mark Durrant said: 'Because we're a family destination we were keen to support a charity that works with and helps families within our community.

He added: 'The Benjamin Foundation was a natural and very rewarding choice. Some of our staff visited The Benjamin Foundation's supported accommodation for young homeless adults in North Walsham, which allowed us to understand the great work they do and for us to see first-hand how our donations will be used.'

More than 150 people took part in the Butterfly Walk which raised in excess of £3,000.

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Chris Elliott from The Benjamin Foundation explained: 'Our annual Butterfly Walk is our big summer event; a fun family walk with a trail and quiz questions to solve.

'Kelling Heath was a great venue and everyone there was very supportive in making the event happen. We have really enjoyed working with the team at Kelling Heath over the last two years and thank them for their valued support.'

The Benjamin Foundation was set up 21 years ago and has been helping people across Norfolk, and soon neighbouring counties too, to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them.

Assistance is provided for 'everyday problems' such as finding affordable childcare or furniture, to issues like homelessness, bullying or abuse.

The charity works with children, young people, families and individuals delivering services that provide hope, opportunity, stability and independence.

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