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A Norfolk teacher has been helping the vulnerable and those on the shielding list during lockdown.

Stories of key workers’ dedication during the pandemic has been heartwarming at the hardest of times.

A cancer charity has successfully moved its group meetings online as part of its growing offering to support those affected by cancer during the pandemic.

A Norwich woman whose daughter is a carer was so frightened to think of frontline workers not having protective equipment during the coronavirus crisis that she has made more than 700 masks in just three weeks.

Norwich Door to Door volunteers and vehicles are among those ensuring frontline staff have the vital kit and is in addition to the national PPE ordering process.

Staff at an Indian restaurant in Norfolk have extended their efforts during the coronavirus crisis to provide meals to the vulnerable in their community.

An EDF inspector who has joined colleagues to help their communities by delivering medicine across Norfolk has spoken of the importance of such projects.

A pair of famous Norfolk residents are helping to raise the profile of services available to those living with cancer in Norfolk and Waveney during the coronavirus pandemic.

Those missing heading out to festivals are being encouraged to join in a week-long virtual event aimed at promoting kindness and boosting people’s health and wellbeing.

A team of Norwich cyclists will push themselves to ride the equivalent of Mount Everest five times to support Dementia UK.

Staff at a Norfolk hospital have expressed their gratitude for the ‘kind’ donations of scrubs they have received, after experiencing a shortage.

A pair of Norwich photographers have put a new spin on going up the wall in lockdown, through an innovative way of displaying their work.

A Norfolk army war veteran who was due to be joining the Queen for dinner to mark VE Day is instead celebrating raising more than £2,000 for his local hospital.

A final call has been made to crafters to help a Norfolk hospital celebrate the “heroic” efforts of its staff.

Norfolk businesses and organisations have donated 120 tablets to help hospital patients and their families stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

A pair of arty sisters from Norwich have transformed their garden wall into a colourful display to help brighten up people’s walks along their road.

A Norfolk health trust is encouraging families of relatives currently receiving treatment on its wards to send in their messages through a new online system.

Norfolk Freemasons have teamed up with Loddon-based production firm Panel Graphic to supply vital face shields to community carers and health visitors across the county.

A Norfolk man has printed more than 1,000 3D face shields for his community in response to the coronavirus crisis.

A Norwich business owner has received an award from ambulance staff for his efforts to support frontline staff.

A team of volunteers are appealing for more people to help “fulfil orders” for face masks after struggling to keep up with demand.

Visitation remains suspended at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to limit the spread of the coronavirus, but people can still send messages to their loved ones after its radio station made a change.

A nurse who has knitted hearts for people in palliative care has encouraged others to join her.

A Norwich care home has been praised for its efforts by a former government chancellor as they care for his mum during the coronavirus crisis.

Handmade hearts, personal messages and a new support helpline have been launched to support bereaved families in Norfolk.

A Norfolk photographer has started giving away postcards showing beautiful scenes from around the county to care homes so residents can keep in touch with their loved ones.

With the ongoing social distancing measures, keeping fit by exercising at home has become an outlet for many.

Staff at a Norfolk-based housing trust have been helping its tenants during the coronavirus crisis by ensuring they have everything they need during lockdown.

As Terry Gillman pauses to chat, he temporarily lays down his trusty potato peeler.

A family from north-west Norfolk have raised more than £6,000 for the NHS after braving the shave.

An adorable toddler from Norfolk is using her dressing up box to honour keyworker heroes.

A charity’s choir are hoping to bring cheer with their rendition of a popular feel good song, while boosting the cause’s fundraising efforts during coronavirus.

Small gestures of kindness have continued to pop up across Norfolk as a sign of appreciation for the region’s key workers.

A Norfolk service supporting people who have experienced losing a baby during pregnancy is calling for help to ensure can continue during the coronavirus.

An audio news service that serves the blind and visually impaired in Norfolk and Waveney has adapted the way it operates to ensure people across the county can still access their services.

Our “Here to Help” campaign has been launched to highlight the great work being done by these inspiring people, communities and organisations, in the hope that as many people as possible will feel reassured and supported during these difficult times.

Landlords at a pub near Norwich have raised £1,000 to give away 100 boxes of fruit and vegetables to NHS workers.

A Norwich City fan had a birthday to remember after a surprise call from one of the club’s players.

Those missing the taste of afternoon tea during the coronavirus pandemic can now enjoy the experience at home with the launch of a doorstep delivery from a Norwich business.

A pair of young friends separated by more than 3,000 miles have joined forces to craft against coronavirus to support their local hospitals.

A “caring” eight-year-old from Norwich will be taking on a 10k challenge to support the county’s mental health trust.

A Norwich City star has recorded a message of support praising the incredible work of staff at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

More than £900 was raised in donations after an East Anglian musician performed a live show on Facebook.

Helping children with mindfulness and positivity has been the focus for a Norfolk pre-school teacher during the coronavirus lockdown.

Norfolk’s NHS coronavirus fighting force has been bolstered by dedicated retirees and new recruits who have rejoined their colleagues - including one who had retired for just 24 hours.

A phone number designed to help the elderly and vulnerable through the coronavirus crisis has gone live.

A business is going the extra mile to ensure people and businesses have access to hand sanitiser during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pupils at a Norfolk school have sent ‘kindness letters’ to care home residents, NHS staff and local supermarkets to spread cheer during the coronavirus lockdown.

Free taxi journeys for Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital staff have been aided by a free anti-viral disinfecting cleaning service from a company based at the Broadland Business Park.

Beautiful blooms have been donated to help brighten up a Norwich charity as staff support patients during end of life care.

The sound of clapping, kitchen utensils clanging and music filled the air tonight as people continued to applaud NHS staff and key workers in the fight against coronavirus.

A community-spirited volunteer group offering support to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic is said to be growing by the day.

Hospitals, nursing homes and GP surgeries across Norfolk and beyond have benefitted from the hard work of staff at Norwich School.

A sporting lockdown challenge launched by a Norfolk rugby club is using technology to pass on its support to frontline workers during the pandemic.

The day after prime minister Boris Johnson announced a UK-wide lockdown, his government issued a plea for 250,000 volunteers to come forward in support of the NHS.

The community of Swaffham is coming together to help the vulnerable get through the coronavirus outbreak.

A Norfolk supermarket has been helping to supply foodbanks by producing and donating extra stock.

A grateful NHS worker left a Norwich family an Easter gift after spotting their front garden artwork thanking medical staff for their fight against coronavirus.

Since launching last month, the campaign - an offshoot of the EDP and Norwich Evening News initiative Here to Help - has seen dozens of individuals and groups reach out from all corners of the country.

A church hall has been transformed into an emergency food bank to help people cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A popular pub has launched a radio station to stay at the heart of its community.

A new volunteering scheme has helped hundreds of vulnerable people in Dereham and Toftwood.

A fund set up to support Norfolk’s charities and community groups during the coronavirus crisis has amassed £700,000 in donations.

It’s a challenging time for all, and there’s understandably a lot of concern around funerals during coronavirus and how the lockdown affects this.

A retired mental health nurse has returned to the frontline to support her colleagues tackle the coronavirus.

Our ‘Here to Help’ campaign has been launched to highlight the great work being done by these inspiring people, communities and organisations, in the hope that as many people as possible will feel reassured and supported during these difficult times.

A Norwich charity is aiming to deliver 130,000 meals a month across the city as part of ongoing plans to support those living in food poverty.

The drummer of Norfolk rock band Deaf Havana has raised more than £1,000 for his local hospital to support staff during the coronavirus.

Digital technology will be used to spread the Easter message by churches across Norfolk this weekend.

Staff at Norwich Airport have looked to the skies for inspiration to raise the spirits of keyworkers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Norwich Cathedral’s choristers have not been deterred from making music during the coronavirus pandemic, and have used technology to put together recordings of popular hymns.

A Norfolk nurse has begun painting the county’s “health heroes” to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a number of community-spirited people come to the fore during what is a time of unprecedented crisis.

A north Norfolk coach company has stepped up its efforts to protect customers and staff during the coronavirus crisis by agreeing a deal with a Norfolk firm to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to drivers.

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, Vauxhall Community Hub in Norwich has had to stop its services – but the space is still being put to good use after one woman cooked up a brilliant idea.

A town councillor is making masks and scrub bags for key workers and members of the community amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The owner of a Norwich gift shop is making coronavirus lockdown a little sweeter by delivering mystery boxes filled with American treats.

An Indian takeaway restaurant is offering free meals every day for NHS staff and police.

We’ve all most likely seen the colourful rainbows adorning windows across the county.

Children of key workers and staff from a mid Norfolk primary school have been busy creating a special banner to pay thanks to the NHS.

Teachers from three Norfolk schools will be able to continue making personal protective equipment for NHS staff, after a swift response for funding support brought in over £1,200.

A care provider has joined forces with a pen friend initiative to keep people communicating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers in Norwich will be among those answering calls from NHS workers at the heart of the coronavirus fight on a new helpline set up to safeguard their mental health.

You are never too old for some colouring - which is why a north Norfolk artist is providing creatives with a selection of his drawings for free.

A Norwich DJ has used music to lift spirits in his community by getting those staying at home to dance on their doorsteps.

A new scheme with an army of 116 volunteers is already proving to be a lifeline for residents in Dereham and Toftwood.

An 11-year-old boy has raised more than £1,000 for the NHS’ coronavirus fund after shaving all his hair off.

Pupils and staff at a Norfolk school are using classroom skills to produce protective equipment including visors and boilable bags for NHS staff on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

A singer paid tribute to NHS staff and other key workers with a live rendition of a classic.

Staff at an Indian restaurant in Norfolk are showing their appreciation for NHS workers by donating weekly meals to their hospital

While the lives of many are currently restricted due to working from home, self-isolation and social distancing, others are already stepping up and doing their best to make sure that those in need have the help they need.

A 56-year-old with heart failure, who was forced to sleep in his lounge after he had been living with no heating or hot water, said he was left feeling “overwhelmed” after a stranger came to his aid.

Mental health experts have offered their advice to anyone feeling the strain of social distancing as part of the Not Alone campaign.

Staff at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital are being offered free transport by a taxi firm whose staff wanted to show their support for NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

An award-winning food hall is going the extra mile to cater for isolated customers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Attempting to run a marathon is daunting at the best of times but Norwich City’s chaplain is taking on the 26.2 miles on a treadmill today, despite very little training, as he aims to raise £10,000 for good causes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Live shows at venues aren’t currently possible due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, but one musician from East Anglia will perform a gig from her own home to raise funds for the NHS.

The “joyous feeling” of giving a tenant a rent holiday has seen a generous landlady urge others with financial stability to help younger generations during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Musicians, poets and the chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary are among the latest kind contributors to the Not Alone positive mental health campaign.

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.

Get fit and fundraise at the same time as part of a home-based fundraising campaign to support people in Norfolk and Waveney living with cancer.

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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