Here to Help

For one Norfolk village Christmas does not come but once a year.

A dedicated fundraiser has launched a new campaign to donate supplies to NHS workers.

A Here to Help group in Cromer has issued a plea to food retailers to allow people to pay for goods upfront.

NHS workers on a large estate received a free Easter egg as a thank you from a community support group.

Teachers at a Norwich school have joined forces with parents to make sure the school community remains strong during the coronavirus crisis.

Support for our Not Alone campaign has come in from mental health advocates and campaigners across of our region.

A line of Norfolk shoppers let a queueing paramedic go to the front in a display of kindness which saw one even pay for his shop.

A Norwich taxi firm has received more than £1,000 in donations to put towards free rides for NHS staff.

An eight-year-old boy has been brightening up his neighbourhood by delivering rainbows and daffodils to his neighbour’s doorsteps.

A fundraising page has been set up so people can show support for west Norfolk’s main hospital as staff battle coronavirus.

Primary school students have donated 80 Easter eggs to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) to say thank you to its staff.

A fund to support communities through the coronavirus pandemic has received a £100,000 boost.

Youngsters in Breckland have been showing their support for hard-working bin crews with messages and drawings.

The owners of a north Norfolk café are helping to promote happiness amid the coronavirus pandemic by asking people to share their creative works to display in their window.

A host of passionate mental health campaigners and advocates have already given their support to our new Not Alone campaign.

You’re not alone, we’re in this together, look out for each other and this will not last forever.

A call line has been set up to help those on the north Norfolk coast who are in need of a “friendly voice” during the coronavirus crisis.

A Norfolk foodbank has thanked people for their continued generosity through the coronavirus outbreak.

A new scheme launched just a week ago now has over 80 volunteers ready to help those who are vulnerable in Dereham and Toftwood.

An experienced nurse who retired from a Norfolk hospital in 2018 after a 40-year career has returned to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Airbnb hosts are offering free accommodation to NHS workers and healthcare professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Staying at home and avoiding all unnecessary contact with others is difficult for all of us, but this will especially be the case for those who are visually impaired.

Pupils at a Norfolk school have sprung into action to help protect NHS staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic, putting their skills to good use to meet a shortage in protective equipment.

With families across the country unable to visit one another due to the coronavirus lockdown, being able to spend time with loved ones is something sorely missed by many.

Animal lovers have united to ensure owners unable to walk their pets or visit a vet have help to turn to during the coronavirus lockdown.

Norwich City director Tom Smith has praised the community spirit shown during the coronavirus lockdown so far and urged Canaries supporters to continue helping each other when they are able to safely.

Care home residents can now Skype and FaceTime with their families, thanks to the gift of a Samsung galaxy tablet.

There are almost 40,000 older people living on their own in Norfolk, who will be even more isolated during the current pandemic.

Free group classes are being offered by a Norwich personal trainer, as the fitness industry turns to technology to keep the nation fit during the coronavirus lockdown.

A flower wholesaler is hoping to bring a smile to the faces of dozens of health care staff and care home residents after delivering its stock to ensure it does not go to waste.

Staff at a Norfolk bakery have said they are working tirelessly to deal with local demand after seeing an increase in customers come through their doors.

An initiative to keep communities connected during social isolation has received backing from two local authors.

It’s school as usual - albeit with a twist - for children at Beeston Hall on the north Norfolk coast.

Youngsters have been invited to brighten the spirits of care home residents by sending them colourful paintings.

An Olympic medallist has pledged his support to the “proper heroes” of the coronavirus pandemic by signing up as a volunteer responder.

Schools and community cafés may have closed temporarily during the continuing coronavirus crisis, but help is available for young people in need.

For many, their 18th birthday is spent at the pub or going to a nightclub - but for James Morrison, coronavirus means it will be a day at home.

NHS staff have thanked the public for care packages, food and cakes delivered to their wards and practices.

Despite the forced closures of many shops due to the coronavirus, businesses across west Norfolk are continuing to support and provide services to the community in any way they can.

The “phenomenal” willingness of Norfolk communities to help others during the coronavirus pandemic has been hailed - as efforts get under way to make sure thousands of vulnerable people get support from volunteers.

A zookeeper is calling on closed restaurant, café and hotel owners to donate fruit and vegetables to help them feed the animals.

A small north Norfolk village has been inundated with offers of support from residents keen to help out in the community.

The coronavirus pandemic is posing an unprecedented challenge to the grassroots organisations which support some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable people.

Letters are to be sent to every home in Norfolk to get vulnerable people to seek the help they need during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 650,000 people have now signed up to

A town’s community centre has been forced to close due to coronavirus but bosses hope to repurpose the site to offer vital services.

Owners of a bed and breakfast are offering free rooms to NHS staff drafted in to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor of Attleborough says the town council is doing “all we can” to assist the community amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A four-year-old with her own YouTube channel has made a video for other children explaining coronavirus.

A care home manager is hoping to bring a smile to people’s faces while they are stuck at home due to coronavirus by encouraging them to put up their Christmas lights.

A Norwich businessman has left a huge message of support for frontline NHS workers to see while he shuts his doors during the coronavirus pandemic.

The owner of one of Norfolk’s most popular fish and chip shops has donated more than eight tonnes of potatoes as he is forced to close due to the coronavirus lock down.

Dozens of people have responded to a rallying cry to help keep communities and individuals connected during these unprecedented times.

Pub quiz enthusiasts can keep their minds sharp in the name of charity online on Friday, after seeing pubs forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cancer patients in Norfolk and Waveney concerned about the coronavirus can access a free telephone helpline.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across Norfolk, Waveney and the rest of the UK, people are being asked to play their part.

Volunteers disinfected cash machines and handrails across their town after swathes of visitors flocked to the Norfolk coast.

A Norwich businessman says he can sleep at night after scores of customers turned up to buy up stock which was set to go to waste.

A Norfolk bakery is offering bread to those who need it most during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As worry and concern creep into communities amid uncertainty surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, it has become more apparent than ever that the people of Norfolk and Waveney are capable of great selflessness and humanity.

Thetford Forest is staying open and allowing visitors in for free to access its green spaces and wellbeing benefits during the coronavirus social distancing advice.

Landlords who have been forced to close their pub haven taken up a new role delivering vital fruit and vegetable boxes to NHS workers.

Norfolk market traders are offering their support by delivering produce for free to people self-isolating due to the coronavirus.

Two Norfolk foodbanks have been donated £10,000 from the local council to help it during the coronavirus crisis.
The coronavirus has caused foodbank donations across the district to drop leaving them “struggling” to feed the most vulnerable in the community.

A Norwich based personal trainer is taking his business online in a bid to keep people physically and mentally healthy.

The University of East Anglia has issued a call for help to start 3D printing ventilators, masks and other critical medical equipment.

A town is being scattered with children’s drawings in a bid to brighten spirits amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A discount store is opening early to give elderly and vulnerable customers time to shop in a calm environment.

A pub is taking donations of essential supplies which are being delivered to those in isolation due to coronavirus.

A family of wrestlers is hosting an innovative fundraising show to help support fellow fighters who will be grappling with hard times in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

A community initiative has united a team of volunteers in a Norfolk town to offer their support to those in need, following the coronavirus outbreak.

For many, the term “pen pal” may invoke nostalgic feelings of bygone days when people would look forward to receiving handwritten letters.

The need to distance and, in some cases, isolate ourselves socially has torn families apart.

A hotel owner has offered her rooms to key frontline staff during the height of the coronavirus outbreak.

A popular pub has opted to close in order to “help stop the spread” of coronavirus.

The owner of Oaklands Hotel and The Butcher Bhoy in Norwich is going the extra mile to help others by offering free rooms to NHS workers and food to the homeless.

School children dancing and singing in a video has brought smiles to people across the world.

A supermarket chain has created a £30m coronavirus fund to financially support staff during the pandemic.

A music gig featuring club DJs will be live streamed on Facebook to raise money for the NHS after a popular music venue closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The closure of schools and cancellation of exams will have come as a frustration to the thousands of students on the brink of finally taking their exams.

More than a dozen high-profile figures and organisations in Norfolk have come out in support of the Eastern Daily Press’ Here to Help campaign, aiming to highlight the amazing things that people are doing to help others in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

People in the Lowestoft area are rallying round to provide help to the vulnerable in their communities.

Two strangers have joined forces in a bid to ease the fears of those in self-isolation due to coronavirus.

A 438-year-old pub has become a village shop and is offering deliveries as people across Norfolk self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak.

Communities are coming together to help those in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

From local bakeries to members of the community, dozens of people are coming together to help the vulnerable through the Coronavirus outbreak.

Our NHS workers are heroes and as they work round the clock to treat people with coronavirus, chains McDonald’s and Pret are giving something back.

New community hubs are to be created to make sure people get support and help during the coronavirus crisis.

Sainsbury’s is the latest supermarket to announce measures to help the elderly and vulnerable during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Thetford’s Iceland Food Warehouse has started a special one hour window once a week to allow elderly and vulnerable customers the opportunity to shop before stocks of essential items are bought.

A community has come out in force to offer support for those forced into isolation by the potential spread of coronavirus.

Transport providers in north Norfolk are offering help to those in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cromer’s Iceland supermarket will start opening early once a week to allow elderly and vulnerable customers a chance to shop before stocks of essential items are depleted.

A business support network is going live across Suffolk and Norfolk in a bid to keep small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) linked up during the coronavirus crisis.

We know little about how the next few months will unfold.

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