Norfolk Show Ball raises £51,500 for EACH

Seven hundred people enjoyed a riot of colour, sizzling entertainment and fantastic food at the Norfolk Show Ball on Friday (21 June), raising a superb £51,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH).

The event at Norfolk Showground saw guests entertained by Tropicalia dancers, a stunning set by illusionist Sean Alexander and an electric performance by the Joe Ringer Band.

There were a huge array of auction lots, including a guitar donated by EACH Ambassador Ed Sheeran, a luxury stay in Bali and a flight in a Second World War fighter plane. The best-performing was a five-night stay in Brazil for two, donated by Humboldt Travel, that raised £7,000.

Carol Plunkett, EACH Norfolk Fundraising Manager, said: “Friday was amazing, the dancefloor was packed all night long and we’re really happy to have received so much positive feedback. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this night such a spectacle, including all our lovely volunteers. The fantastic amount raised will go towards helping continue our care and support service for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and their families, across Norfolk.”

The Norfolk Show Ball always raises vast amounts of money for good causes. This year’s was managed by Softley Events and the dress code was black tie, with a colourful twist.

It was supported by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and sponsored by Loveday & Partners, Abel Homes and Gordon Barber Funeral Directors.

The nook is the culmination of a £10 million fundraising campaign by EACH. The charity still has around £900,000 to raise before the hospice is expected to open in the coming months.

For more information about the nook and how you can help raise money go to www.each.org.uk/thenook.

Why have Marvel, DC and Star Wars characters been dropping in to BP M&S stores?

Have you recently spotted a Marvel, DC or Star Wars character at a BP M&S in Norfolk or Suffolk?

The filling station chain has been raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) once again, with another £1,639.17 given to the charity’s nook appeal after its weekend of fun activities.

Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Darth Vader and many others could be seen at BP M&S in Acle, Aylsham, Besthorpe, Dereham and Norwich’s Mousehold Lane, as well as the Icknield Way store, off Norwich Road in Thetford, and Haberden store, off Rougham Road in Bury St Edmunds.

Spiderman at MandS

Members of staff from Phoenix Gym also showed support by running a competition at the Norwich store, offering customers the chance to win a year’s free membership.

Mike Hatton, EACH Norfolk Corporate Fundraising Assistant, said: “The staff at BP M&S have done an amazing job once again in raising money and awareness for the nook appeal. They’ve really given it their all, managing to get superheroes and Star Wars involved, too – their fundraising really is out of this world.

“Thanks also to Phoenix Gym who have supported the guys at BP M&S. It really is a great example of how organisations can work together to make a real difference to a charity like ours.”

Ray Mills, Store Manager, said: “These days are about our staff and customers having fun whilst raising money for a much-needed cause such as the nook appeal.”

DC characters at MandS

BP M&S has now raised £8,533.82 for the nook appeal, having held two similar weekend fundraising drives in 2018.

The nook appeal exists to raise £10 million for the building of a new Norfolk children’s hospice. EACH still has around £900,000 to raise before the hospice is expected to open in the coming months.

For more information about the nook and how you can help raise money go to www.each.org.uk/thenook.