£50,000 Sport Relief boost for Norwich groups

PUBLISHED: 16:58 07 May 2012 | UPDATED: 17:36 07 May 2012

Toddlers at the First Steps Parent Carer Toddler group enjoying their fruit snacks from a Norfolk Community Foundation grant, at the Magdalen Gates Primary School. Kacey Dugdale, 3. Picture: Denise Bradley

Toddlers at the First Steps Parent Carer Toddler group enjoying their fruit snacks from a Norfolk Community Foundation grant, at the Magdalen Gates Primary School. Kacey Dugdale, 3. Picture: Denise Bradley


Good causes across Norwich are celebrating a £50,000 windfall, thanks to the Evening News and Sport Relief.

The list of winners

1st Norwich Sea Scout Group, Lakenham – £600

1st Old Catton Rainbows – £650

27th Norwich Rainbow Pack – £500

31st & 39th Norwich Brownie Pack – £500

35th Norwich Sea Scout Group – £700

38th Norwich Rainbows – £500

3rd Hellesdon Guides – £1,000

3rd Old Catton Brownies – £800

4th Norwich Rainbow Guides – £500

Belvedere Community Association – £750

Bowthorpe Scout Group – £700

Community Action Norwich – £1,000

Community Arts Locally in Mile Cross (CALM) – £1,000

Connects & Co, Norwich – £1,000

Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich – £1,000

Deaftastics Multi Sports Club – £1,000

First Steps Toddler Group – £600

Friends of Marlpit Wood – £520

Friends of Sewell Park – £1,000

Green Canaries Wheelchair Basketball Club – £1,000

Heartsease Funday – £1,000

Interface Learning Association – £1,000

Kings Centre Community Initiative Norwich – £1,000

Marlpit Youth Club – £950

Mile Cross Community Association – £1,000

Mile Cross District Guides – £600

Mile Cross Playscheme – £1,000

Norfolk & Norwich Bangladesh Welfare Association – £1,000

Norfolk African Community Association (NACA) – £500

Norfolk Area LGBT Project – £1,000

Norfolk Association For The Disabled – £1,000

Norfolk Homemakers Furniture Project – £1,000

Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue – £1,000

Norwich City Powerchair Football Club – £1,000

Norwich Croquet Club – £500

Norwich Cycle Speedway – £500

Norwich Dragons Hockey Club – £500

Norwich International Youth Project – £1,000

Norwich Petanque Club – £500

Norwich Pride – £1,000

Norwich United Karate – £1,000

Norwich Youth Bowling Club – £500

Not About the Bike – £990

Pinoy In Norwich Aksyong Samahan – £1,000

Sewell Toy Library – £666

Sing With Pride – £1,000

Sing Your Heart Out – £1,000

Spirit of Carnival – £936

Spixworth Bowling Club – £500

St Barnabas Counselling Centre – £750

Stepping Stones – £1,000

Surviving Together – £1,000

Sweet Arts – £1,000

The Carers Culture Club – £860

The Chermond Trust – £508

The Neesa Project – £500

The Well – £666

The West Norwich Swimming Club – £1,000

Twirlesque Majorettes – £750

WISEArchive – £1,000

Women on Women (WoW) – £500

Zimbabwean Community Association Norwich – £500

From toddler groups to older people’s lunch clubs, scout packs to nature projects – Sport Relief Community Cash will be making a difference in your community.

The £50,000 funding pot, distributed by the Evening News and the Norfolk Community Foundation, will support community organisations and charities working with people in Norwich.

A total of 63 groups have each been awarded grants of up to £1,000, after the Evening News’ most popular Community Cash campaign to date.

They include everything from sports and youth activities, through to organisations that promote the integration of refugees, outings for people with disabilities and support for carers.

Evening News editor Tim Williams, part of the panel that decided who ought to receive the grants, said the impact of the cash would be felt throughout the city.

“Once again, we have been able to give a much-needed boost to more than 60 groups and charities which benefit people in Norwich,” he said.

“This year’s grants mean that, since 2010, we have helped distribute more than £160,000 to local organisations.

“Our journalists regularly write articles about the difference the groups can make to people’s lives locally, so it is fantastic the Norwich Evening News can work with Comic Relief to offer this vital support in our community.”

One of those groups is Community Action Norwich, which will use its £1,000 grant to take on a former volunteer to set up a befriending scheme for isolated older people, one of the group’s fastest-growing sectors.

Doreen Betts, chair of the trustees, said: “The money is going to make a significant difference.

“We hope that by the end of year one we will have a group of 20 befrienders to help people who feel lonely or isolated.

“Each of them will be able to design a package of support with their befriender to help them meet people and become more involved, and we hope that they may then become befrienders themselves.”

Sue Wicks, UK grants manager for Comic Relief, praised the way that people in Norwich had given their support to the Sport Relief campaign – including the 2,400-strong turnout for the Sport Relief Mile in Norwich – which contributed to a national fundraising total of more than £52m.

She said: “Sport Relief Community Cash has again proved to be a hugely successful way of getting money raised through Sport Relief into local communities across the UK.

“We were hugely impressed with the range of fantastic work being done by grassroots groups all over Norwich and are delighted we’ve been able to support so many to continue their efforts.”

Are you doing something to help your community? Call reporter Mark Shields on 01603 772423 or email

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