Visitors to the Robinson Crusoe pantomime in Hethersett have given generously to boost the nook appeal by £2,500 and counting.
Judith Sykes, who leads the nook friends group, was on hand at the final of nine performances on Saturday to collect a cheque from cast members.
She said: “Hethersett Pantomime Group members are all amateurs, but the performance was very professional and very enjoyable - oh yes it was!”
Hethersett panto members are currently on a proud unbroken run, having produced 49 pantomimes every year since 1970. Classics such as Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin have been performed many times but, incredibly, this year was the group’s first time doing Robinson Crusoe.
The shows were at the village hall in Back Lane and sponsored by Jewson, the village’s Queens Head pub, Tesco Express as well as 101 Website Design & Development.
Performances are always followed by bucket collections and the total raised for good causes since 1970 is a staggering £107,350.
This year’s proceeds will help East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) as it builds a new children’s hospice for Norfolk. Foundations for a purpose-built facility were dug out at a five-acre site in Framingham Earl in November after the nook appeal hit £7 million.
Another recent donation to the appeal was from Brooke Ladies Evening Group. The women have spent the last year fundraising and subsequently handed the nook friends group a cheque for £2,300.
For more information about the nook appeal go to www.each.org.uk/the-nook and to volunteer at fundraising events in and around the new hospice site contact Judith on 01508 494873 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on Hethersett Pantomime Group go to www.hethersettpanto.org.uk.
Notes to Editors
“The building of the nook will enhance the facilities EACH has and make so much difference not just to our family but so many across Norfolk.”
- The nook appeal is our vision to transform children’s palliative care for Norfolk.
- Our Quidenham hospice has been an incredible home-from-home for more than 25 years, but we’ve outgrown the building. We need a purpose-built facility to meet the increased demand for our services and the changing and more complex needs of the children and young people we care for.
- We can’t develop the building more than we already have. Accessibility is really limited and there isn’t scope to expand.
- We’re unable to provide the same facilities in Norfolk as we do for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk. Norfolk needs a 21st century building to benefit from 21st century care.
- We have planning permission for a five-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl, five miles south of Norwich and closer to the centre of the county, local services, hospitals and road networks. The majority of families and staff will travel shorter distances to receive and deliver care.
- The nook will offer services unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham, including:
- a far larger care area, all on a single floor
- more areas for clinical care and improved medical and nursing equipment
- fantastic activity areas for arts, crafts and play
- a hydrotherapy pool – something we don’t have the space for at Quidenham
- a large state-of-the-art sensory room
- a special quiet haven area for families
- dedicated therapy rooms and music studio
- larger and better equipped en-suite bedrooms for children and young people
- en-suite family accommodation rooms
- far more outside space for children to safely explore and play
- and facilities for family support groups, counselling, therapies and activities.
- We need to raise £10 million to make our vision a reality, while continuing to fund and provide services at Quidenham. We rely on donations for the majority of income needed to deliver our services and all the funds required to build the nook. We need help from individual giving, trusts, events, and corporate and community fundraising. We need everyone to help in whatever way they can.
- To find out more visit: www.each.org.uk/the-nook or contact us in the following ways:
Tel: 01953 666767
Twitter: @EACH_Norfolk #thenookappeal
For further information about this release please contact:
Michael Jarvis | Press & media officer | (01842) 764556 | 07738 328058 |