Jarrold Charities

Stall Charity Challenge


Since 2011 we have been  supporting a number of local charities. Each of the charities has been nominated by staff members who have a connection or particular interest in the work of the selected organisations.

We raise money through various events including The Carols with the King concert in December, a raffle at our annual staff dinner dance and staff events including quiz and chips evenings and scrumptious cake sales.

This brings Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge fund since our challenge began in Oct  2011 to  over £50,000 – total monies raised by Jarrold staff over the last 10 years has now reached £115,000. Monies raised have helped many local charities and projects – including Big C, E.A.C.H. Nelsons Journey, Meningitis Now, PACT, The Hamlet Centre, HCPT Pilgrimage Trust, The Dogs Trust, Magic Moments, 2nd Dereham Toftwood Scouts, The Matthew Project and Age UK plus many more.

Jarrold Retail in addition have given the proceeds from the Carrier Bag charge, from its introduction in Autumn 2015 to the end of 2016 to Big C - this amount totals £6923.00.  A new charity will be announced to receive the funds for 2017. 

Jarrold Donates ‘Bags of Money’ to Big C

Norfolk’s cancer charity, Big C, was this week (8th May) presented, not with ‘bags of money’, but money from bags, as Jarrold Retail announced a final total of £6923 raised for the charity from all sales of its plastic bags in 2015-2016.

When the Government introduced the carrier bag levy in October 2015, Jarrold Retail decided to donate the proceeds to a local charity. As it coincided with the start of Big C’s 35th anniversary year celebrations, the company decided to pledge all income from the carrier bag charge to the charity until the end of 2016.

Carole Slaughter, marketing manager at Jarrold, said “We had no idea how much people’s carrier bag usage would change and therefore how much we’d be able to donate. Many people do now of course bring their own bags and the usage of plastic bags has inevitably dropped. Others however, choose to continue to use carrier bags and are happy to pay the five pence. We are delighted to be able to hand over this sum to Big C, as we know what valuable work it will fund in supporting people in Norfolk and Waveney affected by cancer.”

Dr.Chris Bushby, CEO at Big C, said, “A huge thank you to Jarrold and their customers for their support over the past 15 months with the donations from the carrier bag charge. We are extremely grateful to receive the funds, which are so vital to be able to continue the work we do locally through our centres, services and the pioneering research taking place on our doorstep at the Norwich Research Park.”

To learn more about the work Big C does to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney, please visit www.big-c.co.uk


Carols with the King 2016

Donation: Alfie Hewett £1000 NARS £1000

Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge were delighted today to be able to present cheques for £1000 to Alfie Hewett and to Paul Strutt from NARS (Norfolk Accident Rescue Service).

The monies were raised at the annual Carol with the Kings evening which took place at the Forum on Sunday December 4th. An audience of 370  were entertained by Olly Day with a mix of jokes, witticisms and songs,  Dale Bullimore who wowed  everyone with a great song medley and then the  Blue Sueders with Elvis, who entertained as always with fun, enthusiasm and a great selection of songs – with the audience joining in – both singing and dancing.

The evening raised just over £2600 - £2000 of which has been granted to Alfie Hewett and NARS with the remainder going  towards the next grant to be made from the Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge.

NARS – Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. This service attends major road accidents and medical emergencies and works alongside the ambulance crews and air ambulance.  It is manned by volunteer doctors and paramedics and receives no funding from the NHS so relies on charity events and donations. Paul Strutt from NARS also joined us on the evening and thanked JSCC for the fundraising and also for helping to raise awareness of NARS and the service they provide

Alfie Hewett – the wheelchair tennis player from Brundall has this year won the Wheelchair Doubles at Wimbledon and 2 silver medals in the Paralympics. Alfie and his family joined us on the evening and he expressed his sincere gratitude for the funds and explained how that will be used to help with his travel and training expenses – this week he heard he has qualified for the Australian Open in 2017.

Picture shows Alfie Hewett and Paul Strutt accepting cheques from Elvis with Carole Slaughter and Suzie Abel from Jarrold.


Bags make money for Big C

Donation: £2,000

At the start of its 35th anniversary year, Big C has its first £2,000 in the bag and the promise of more to come - all thanks to our Staff Charity Challenge!

Here at Jarrolds we decided to donate the 5p from all sales of its plastic bags to Norfolk’s Big C Cancer Charity, when the Government introduced now legislation back in October, until the end of the year. But in light of 2016 being Big C’s 35th anniversary year, Jarrolds have pledged that all donations for the entire year in 2016 will be given to supporting the work of Big C and cancer patients throughout Norfolk and Waveney Valley area.

Pictured is marketing manager Carole Slaughter, together with Jarrold’s charity co-ordinator Suzie Abel presenting the cheque to Dr Chris Bushby, Big C’s chief executive at the launch event to celebrate the year.

"Plastic carrier bag usage has of course dropped. Many customers now bring their own bags, others will say no to a plastic bag but some continue to use and pay 5p. We had no idea how the usage would change or how much we would be able to donate when the charge started in October, but we are delighted to be handing over this cheque for £2,000,” said Mrs Slaughter.

Dr Chris Bushby said: "We are extremely grateful to Jarrolds and its customers for their support and delighted they have chosen to help the region’s cancer patients with the pledge for this year’s 5p donations for plastic bags.”


Carols with the King 2015

Donation: £1,000 NNAB, £1,500 EACH

Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge were delighted to be able to present cheques to both NNAB (Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind) and EACH (East Anglia Childrens Hospice) Nook Appeal.

The monies were raised at the annual Carols with the Kings event which took place at the Forum on 6th December. A sell out audience enjoyed dancing from Stagecoach Theatre Arts and Dance Devotion, carols from the Norwich High School Chamber Choir, fabulous festive songs from Dale Bullimore and a cascade of songs, ending with many people dancing and a stunning finale performed by the Blue Sueders & Elvis.

 The cheques were £1,000 for NNAB and £1,500 for EACH – this brings Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge fund since our challenge began in Oct 2011 to £42,000 – total monies raised by Jarrold staff over recent years has now reached £107,000. Monies raised have helped many local charities and projects – including Big C, Nelsons Journey, Meningitis Now, PACT, The Hamlet Centre, HCPT Pilgrimage Trust, The Dogs Trust, Magic Moments, 2nd Dereham Toftwood Scouts, The Matthew Project and Age UK plus many more.


Pictured are:

Suzie Abel and Carole Slaughter from Jarrold

Carol Plunkett – EACH


Donna Minto and Jeremy Goss NNAB

Money Raised for Pulham Market Music Festival

Donation: £600


This was the handover of a cheque for £600 raised by the Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge for the Pulham Market Music Festival, nominated by Paul Turner, Chiropodist in Jarrolds, who is one of the organisers.

Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge - adminstered by the John Jarrrold Trust

The Challenge started in 2011 and so far has raised £42,000 for local charities and causes.

Between 2006 & 2011 we raised money for 3 indiviual charities Big C, EACH and Nelson's Journey - totalling £65,000 

The JSCC list of charities helped from 2011 to January 2017 is...


  • HCPT-The Pilgrimage Trust £1,000
  • North Norfolk Surf Lifesavers £500
  • The Hamlet Centre £1,000
  • North Norfolk Explorer Scouts £500
  • Magic Moments (in association with Quidenham Hospice) £600
  • Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind £1,000
  • LILAC (in association with The Big C) £1,000
  • The Matthew Project £500
  • Potter Heigham Brownies £300
  • Nelson’s Journey £1,000
  • 2nd Dereham (Toftwood) Scouts £500
  • The Ella Kett Fund £500
  • BREAK £1,000
  • Priscilla Bacon Lodge £1,000
  • The Rachel Lane Fund £1,000
  • The Clare School £1,000
  • BUILD £800
  • Norwich Open Christmas £600
  • Cancer Research UK £500
  • Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group £1,000
  • Age UK Norwich £1,000
  • Norwich Playhouse £1,000
  • Nancy Oldfield Trust £1,000
  • Alzheimer’s Society £1,000
  • PACT Animal Sanctuary £1,000
  • United Norwich Kidney Patient’s Association £500
  • Friends of Firside School £500
  • The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House £50
  • The Dog’s Trust £1,000
  • MSTCN £500


  • Meningitis Now £1,000
  • Homestart £1,000
  • Priscilla Bacon Lodge £1,000
  • Autism Anglia £500
  • Pink October (Look Good Feel Better and Keeping Abreast) £2,548
  • Movember £476
  • Teal Month, March (Ovacome, Ovarian Cancer Awareness) £646
  • EAAA £3,450
  • Earlham Children's Community Hall Refurbishment £1,000
  • 1st Burgh St. Peter & Raveningham Sea Scouts £700
  • Emmi-Rae Barker Appeal £1,000
  • Queens Hills Primary & Nursery Schools £1,000
  • NNAB £1,000
  • EACH Nook Appeal £1,500
  • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Urology/Oncology Unit £1,500
  • Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice Support £1,000
  • Pulham Market Music Festival £600
  • Norfolk Special Olympics Team £1,200
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Norfolk Branch £1,000
  • Defibrillator for the Jarrold Department Store £1,000
  • NARS £1000
  • Alfie Hewett £1000
  • Norfolk Reading Project £500
  • 2nd Dereham Toftwood Scout Group £1,000
  • Eastern Rivers Community Gym £1,000

Norfolk Special Olympics Team

Donation: £1,125


Carole Slaughter, Marketing Manager and Suzie Able, Beauty Buyer presented a cheque for £1,125 to two volunteers who are helping the Norfolk Special Olympics Team. This is a group of athletes with physical and mental disabilities who have qualified for the Special Olympic National Summer Games in Sheffield in August 2017. They are hoping to raise £10,000 to help with the costs involved, including travel, food, and carers expenses, and this cheque will enable 3 athletes to compete.