When West Norfolk Carers launched its new fundraising Christmas competition on Friday, it caused quite a stir in the Lynn News office.
For not only did festive-loving reporter Victoria Fear jump at the chance to enter Deck Your Desk in aid of the charity’s young carers appeal, but it raised another potential angle to the contest.
After being unsuccessfully encouraged to take part, the office Scrooge, also known as news editor Allister Webb, declared that he would donate money NOT to decorate his desk.
And wearing his black Bah Humbug hat, he did just that...donating a generous £50 to the cause.
He said: “The competition is urging people to decorate their workstations as wildly as possible for Christmas to raise money for the Somewhere For Me appeal, which we’re running with West Norfolk Carers (WNC).
“But it got me thinking, what about people like me, who don’t think about Christmas until Christmas Eve?
“As well as entries for the best Deck Your Desk, there could also be entries for the grumpiest Bah Humbug!”
However you want to support the fun campaign, it’s easy to get involved – and costs just £2 per entry.
All you need to do to enter Deck Your Desk is decorate your work station, whether that be a desk, a check-out, or even a tractor!
Then, take a photo of yourself in front of it, and post it on Twitter (making sure you tag in @WNCarers and @LynnNewsCitizen), or on the West Norfolk Carers or Lynn News Facebook pages.
Don’t forget the hashtag #deckyourdesk
Alternatively, you can e-mail your entries to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Then text Deck15 followed by £2 to 70070, or visit www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk to donate £2 online.
The winning desk will be decided by the largest number of votes/likes and the final decision will be made by judges from the Lynn News.
As well as being crowned Deck Your Desk champions, and be featured in the Lynn News, the winner will receive a festive Christmas hamper packed full of treats, too.
Money raised from the competition will go towards the Somewhere For Me appeal, which is aiming to raise £10,000 to expand WNC’s young carers services.
It will provide an extra young carers support group, with respite trips and activities, as well as more one-to-one support.
Jane Evans, executive officer for WNC, said money raised will help children who take responsibility for completing many of the chores associated with Christmas.
“Many young carers care for more than six hours on Christmas Day, and nearly a third are responsible for cooking the Christmas dinner,” she said.
“Your donation will help young carers cope with the added challenges Christmas brings to their life.”
For more information, contact Amy Collett on 01553 817322 or West Norfolk Carers on 01553 768155.
People can also donate to the appeal by visiting WNC’s website at: www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk.