The team behind Lynn’s new Big C cancer support centre and charity shop were all smiles as the charity’s chairman cut the ribbon.
Philip Blanchflower, chairman of the charity, was thrilled to open the new centre in Norfolk Street on Thursday.
He said: “I’ve always wanted us to have a presence in West Norfolk and it’s great to finally have the centre open. We’ve had such a wonderful reception here already.
“We’ve been doing work in this area for several years. Back in 2007 we gave our first donation to the hospital of £180,000 for equipment, but now we’ll actually be in the area. We will genuinely be a county-wide charity.”
Daniel Williams, chief executive of the charity, said: “This is an extremely proud day for us and another really important step along the road for us.
“We want to work in partnership with Lynn and other charities, such as the Norfolk Hospice, and we are ready to learn from them.
“We felt it was important to extend to West Norfolk, but we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for all the people who have helped to pay for the centre and to decorate it. This has been an incredible team effort and I would like to thank every member of our team.”
Hard-working volunteers from local groups including the parents from St Edmund’s Community School, Lloyds Bank, Freebridge Housing, the Purfleet Trust and Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust helped decorate the centre.
Donations of carpets, kitchenware, a washing machine and sash windows were received from the College of West Anglia, Olympic Carpets, Hughes Electrical, Economy Flooring and Tri Anglia Home Design.
Local history author Bob Booth made a donation of £500 to the new centre from the sale of his books, and further funds are to be raised from a photography book, called A Victorian Gentleman’s North Norfolk, which has been specially produced for the charity by Richard Jefferson.
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