Well done! West Norfolk rallies around charity
West Norfolk has given the best Christmas present to a military charity by donating enough money to keep its centre running over the festive period.
Traumatised current and former servicemen will be able to continue to receive help from the Bridge for Heroes over the difficult Christmas period thanks to the estimated £2,500 given by individuals and businesses.
Three weeks ago, the Lynn News launched an appeal to raise £5,000 to keep the centre in South Clough Lane, Lynn, open.
The charity was facing the bleak prospect of having to close the site on December 1 as money was running out.
But West Norfolk has rallied around with a terrific response which will help the charity to continue to provide support for troops who are dealing with the aftermath of serving their country. But please do keep giving.
Founder Mike Taylor is over the moon with the response, which has included a £1,000 anonymous donation.
He said: “It is a relief that we can continue to offer support through Christmas.
“If we had closed for even a week, a week is too long.
“I would like to thank all the supermarkets, West Norfolk Council and local people - the response has been amazing.
“Those people realise that the troops and veterans who have committed to serve their country are still fighting the war and need support.”
The Princes Trust has set itself the target of raising £1,000 and ran a stall on Tuesday Market Place.
Lynn firefighters will be running a fundraising car wash today.
South Lynn Scouts have also donated £150 plus there has also been a host of donations from individuals and pledges from Middleton and Cambridge Royal British Legion branches.
The charity and its volunteers have raised £500 by running Santa’s Grotto in New Conduit Street since Saturday. The grotto building was provided by the council.
Mr Taylor has also been delighted to recruit an extra 10 to 15 volunteers to help with the charity’s work.
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