Who will be the Lynn News charity of the year? Vote here
Since 2019, the maternity bereavement suite at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been the official Lynn News Charity of the Year. Now the end to the pandemic is in sight we are looking to find a new worthy good cause to throw our weight behind.
We asked for nominations and you answered. So read through what these charities offer and decide who you would like us to support. Then cast your vote in our online poll at www.lynnnews.co.uk or send us a postal vote to COTY, Lynn News, 17 Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn PE30 IJN.
By choosing us as your chosen charity of the year you could name a Guide Dog puppy? Give the first gift of a name to one of our adorable puppies, receive personalised updates and photos throughout the year and even could meet your named pup too!
You could help us change the life of someone like Lynette living with sight loss in your communit
"I’d always had problems with my vision growing up but it never stopped me from doing anything any other young person could. I was an A* student, I had a great group of friends and I even worked part-time in a ladieswear store while at college. But at 21, my world fell apart when my vision suddenly deteriorated.
I struggled to do anything on my own, I had to leave University, give up my job and move back in with my parents. I lost all my dreams and couldn’t see a future anymore. I was alive but I certainly wasn’t living.
That all changed when I met Pippa. She is more than my guide dog, she is my best friend. With Pippa by my side I know I can do anything. Travelling the country in a job I love, spending time with family because I want to rather than I need to and loving being able to meet the girls on a Saturday for lunch and shopping. Thanks to Guide Dogs I’ve got my life back and a future that excites me – every young girl deserves to feel like that".
Our local teams of volunteers are here to help with your fundraising activities and have speakers who are happy to come along with our amazing dogs and puppies talk to your colleagues about Guide Dogs’ life changing work. We have a local fundraising group based in King’s Lynn who will be happy to get involved. The group actively fundraise to support people living with sight loss to live independently and not feel so isolated.
Bridge for Heroes
The charity has been based here in the town Lynn just over 10 years, serving both the fulltime Service and the Veteran community, including family members, whatever their need might be.
The charity has really come in to it’s own during the pandemic, providing much needed out-reach support to those in self-isolation. Assistance to the homeless in finding accommodation and those suffering from mental health issues has continued despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, through the implementation of covid secure training, infection control and effective use of PPE by it’s staff and volunteers.
Last year it was awarded the Queens Award for Volunteers and was one of the organisations nominated as a West Norfolk Hero.
It is a small charity, whose good work often goes unheralded but nevertheless, its impact on the most needy in our service and the veteran community has not only been of major benefit to those who required it but has also been of positive value to the many social welfare organisations, who would otherwise had to deal with the problems.
West Norfolk Riding for the disabled
West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association (the Magpie Centre) should be considered
for Lynn News Charity of the year. Here’s why.
Our catchment runs from Fakenham, through Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Downham Market to
Methwold, so we are your local group.
We offer riding and carriage driving lessons to people of all ages and physical and learning
disabilities and have recently started Equine Assisted Learning Therapy to benefit people
with mental health issues.
Tea With a Pony mornings, for people living with dementia and their carers, will begin in
June, when visitors can experience the new sensory garden, now under construction.
We have had to provide for our 14 horses and ponies throughout the pandemic and with
fundraising events curtailed, so now is the time to vote us Lynn News Charity Of The Year!
National Childbirth TrustWest Norfolk Clothing Bank
NCT West Norfolk welcomes every new parent. Our local groups, activities and events are run by
volunteers. We help forge friendships and raise money for all of NCT's work, locally and nationally.
The West Norfolk branch of the charity has been active for over 10 years. Over the last 6 we have
also run a Children’s clothing bank. The clothing bank is organised by local volunteers for local
families and their children.
Our volunteers work with professionals to help children who have escaped domestic abuse or been
taken into care as well as families dealing with financial hardship via preloved donations from the
The NCT West Norfolk Clothing Bank provide free bundles of clothing and essentials such as toiletries
and equipment like nappies, wipes, toothbrushes, sun cream, buggies and highchairs to local
children and families. We are currently asking for donations of brand new underwear and have a
shopping list on our Facebook page.
In the last 6 months the clothing bank has provided 77 bundles compared to 75 bundles in the
previous year and 21 in 2019! The clothing bank is fast becoming a much needed and valued local
resource supporting many local families.
In the future we would like to increase our age range to help more children so an additional storage facility.
National Autistic Society West Norfolk Branch
Our autism charity is a local branch run by 4 unpaid volunteers .
We support over 400 families (so around 1200 people), whose lives are affected by autism in West Norfolk - from the North West Norfolk coast , to Wisbech borders and into mid Norfolk .
We provide activities such as swimming , soft play , skating , gymnastics, trampolining and many more for our members which helps to reduce social isolation. This has been particularly hard during lockdown, so we’ve created all sorts of competitions and activities to help keep our members engaged and feeling part of a community .
We support autistic children and adults and in addition to activities , we work with the local community to help remove barriers and increase understanding and acceptance of autism .
We work tirelessly to lobby to improve local services and we also provide support groups for parents and carers , training and workshops.
We don’t receive any central funding and rely on grants and fundraisers to do what we do .
To be chosen Charity of the Year would be an absolute honour, thank you.
West Norfolk Deaf Association(WNDA)
The West Norfolk Deaf Association is a registered charity which supports Deaf and hard of hearing people to live independent lives.
Our main objective is to work with Deaf and hard of hearing people to facilitate independent living and reduce isolation.
We raise awareness of the issues facing Deaf people and provide a community centre for Deaf people to promote social, community and educational activities.
We provide aftercare services to NHS hearing aid users; ensuring the hearing aids continue to work effectively.
Our Advocate for the Deaf works to support Deaf people to get full access to information and services.
We provide groups for children and young people, hard of hearing clubs, training courses and information about assistive equipment.
We host a Deafblind group and a Tinnitus Support Group
WNDA has charity shops that function as a place for people to get their ears tested and have consultation’s with the staff.
West Norfolk Young Carers
We are a small team of 10, plus 6 volunteers, and our key function is to help people cope with the stresses and strains of being an unpaid family carer. To do this we offer one to one support, counselling, group activities, young carers support group, whole-family support and workshops.
We work to help family carers to improve their emotional and physical well-being, resilience and abilities to cope with their caring roles - whilst also have a ‘life of their own’. We are dedicated to supporting family carers of all ages and helping them to cope with their caring responsibilities.
Many people who have a caring role often do not necessarily think of themselves as carers. Therefore they may be unaware of the services and support that exists for them. We wish to extend our impact and make more of a positive difference to even more carers living locally.