Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge - Archive

Carols with the King 2014

A full house at The Forum was treated to festive music from Dale Bullimore,the Blue Sueders with Elvis and local comedian Pat Nearney.

Dale treated the audience to a medley of festive songs - amongst them were some Christmas favourites from Michael Buble. Pat Nearney compered the evening and entertained with some local humour and a fast paced set of changing characters and hats. Elvis and the Blue Sueders once again delighted the audience with a touch of Vegas sparkle and seasonal songs like Blue Christmas and It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas and many of the appreciative audience merrily got up and danced along for the whole set.

The event is organised by Jarrolds in support of the Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge. This year's Carols with the King will benefit the Home Start Norwich, Priscilla Bacon Lodge and Autism Anglia.


Donation: £483

Movember challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30-days of November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of men’s health. Then for the entire month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, effectively become walking, talking billboards for 30 days. Through their growing efforts they raise awareness for the often ignored issues of men’s health, by prompting conversations wherever they go. Another crucial part of being a Mo Bro is to raise funds for men’s health. Men donate their face, and much like taking part in a run or a walk for charity, ask their family and friends to sponsor their efforts.

Movember supports world class men’s health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. These programmes, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

Pink October (raising awareness and funds for Look Good Feel Better and Keeping Abreast)

Donation: £2,548

Look Good Feel Better is the beauty industry’s adopted charity, and helps women with, or recovering from, cancer by organising workshops in hospitals around the UK. Beauty consultants from department stores all around the country are specially trained to help these women who may be suffering the effects of their medical treatment, such as missing eyebrows and poor skin tone. These workshops turn into fun parties and the women have a great time, often with their confidence restored.

Keeping Abreast is a local charity, started in Norwich in 2007, which offers guidance and practical help through group support meetings and personal advice from volunteers who have first hand experience of the anxieties that can occur following breast cancer and reconstruction.

Age UK Norwich

Donation: £1,000

The Age UK Group works to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services and vital support. Their vision is a world in which older people flourish with enough money for a secure and decent life, have access to the healthcare and social care they need, lead fulfilling lives and enjoy the benefits of a longer life. 

Visit Age UK's website for more information.


Donation: £800

BUILD is a Norfolk based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to adults and young people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities. Established in Norwich 1967, The BUILD Charity provides a wide range of opportunities ranging from youth clubs and youth activity schemes to a weekly social club (known as The Wednesday Club) as well as a range of community based activities with opportunities to take part in sport, gardening, outdoor and cultural activities as well as skills learning workshops.

Visit BUILD's website for more information.

Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group

Donation: £1,000

The Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group was set up 21 years ago by nurse Ruth Perfitt, who received a liver transplant after being diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). The group aims to support patients so they don’t have to face liver disease alone, campaign to improve awareness so people are aware of the risks to the liver, lobby for improved services for liver patients and fund research to find the causes and treatments of liver disease. Members of the support group now hope to provide more help to new patients diagnosed with liver disease and their families. 

For more information visit the British Liver Trust's website.

The Rachael Lane Fund

Donation: £1,000

Rachel Lane battled cancer for five years and her courage and inspiration touched so many people. Despite having to undergo many different treatments, with often dreadful side effects, Rachel never once complained or said 'why me'. She was just totally focused on kicking the cancer. 

The Rachel Lane Fund has been set up to carry on the fundraising started by Rachel who finally said goodbye to the world on the 22 October 2012 aged just 27. During Rachel's long journey she helped many people and raised lots of money for charity. This fund ensures her inspiration and good work continues to help others. 

Norwich Open Christmas

Donation: £600

Open Christmas is for anyone who is alone or homeless on Christmas Day. The service is completely free for all those attending - there is no charge for Christmas Lunch or Christmas Tea, any refreshments, or any of the entertainment they put on which includes the bingo and quiz sessions. The service depends on volunteers who give up their Christmas eve or Christmas day to help prepare and run Open Christmas.

The Potter Heigham Brownies

Donation: £300

For the last few years the Potter Heigham Brownies have enjoyed improving their Wildlife garden, donated by Potter Heigham Vllage Hall Committee, but struggle with the large tools. The group is aiming to buy scaled down tools for te smaller girls to be able to use more easily and would also like to enhance the garden to use it as a place for future meetings.

For more information please click here.

The Clare School Swimming Pool Project

Donation: £1000

The Clare School educates and cares for 94 local pupils with additional needs, specialising in 'complex needs' which means that the pupils have physical disability, sensory impairment, or both. Medical professionals and additional needs educators both agree on the incredible benefits of hydrotherapy, which improves muscle tone and co-ordination, allows exercise where there was previously none, gives independence of movement (something that we all take for granted), allows drug therapies to be reduced, relieves pain, promotes healing, well-being and self-esteem amongst many other benefits. It changes the lives of their pupils, and the school hopes to build a Hdrotherapy pool, as they do not currently have access to one.


Donation: £1000

Break supports children, young people and families across East Anglia

  • Young people in care and moving on
  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Families in need of support
  • Children at risk

Our values are to support the positive contribution that each and every individual has to make

  • To uphold the right of people to be treated with dignity and respect
  • To be committed to providing a safe, secure, healthy and empowering environment
  • To recognise and uphold the spirit of our founders and their commitment to a caring vocation
  • A commitment to doing our utmost to provide the best possible care and support to enable people to fulfil their potential

To find out more about the work of Break, visit their website:


The Priscilla Bacon Lodge Care at Home Fund

Donation: £1000

Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich provides specialist advice and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses, and those close to them. Patients will be seen at any stage of their illness, either in the community, as a day patient or as an inpatient.

Priscilla Bacon Lodge is part of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. Charitable donations make a real difference to both the patients and staff at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C). The extra funds are used to enhance services and facilities as well as purchasing additional equipment to optimise patient care.

2nd Dereham Toftwood Scouts

Donation: £500

2nd Dereham (Toftwood) Scout Troop mixes traditional scouting activities with modern twenty first century programmes. They plan their programmes guided by ideas from the scouts to enable them to progress through the Challenge Awards Scheme and work towards their Chief Scout’s Gold Award. The scouts are encouraged to participate in activities that will stretch them physically and mentally, both individually and as teams.

Camping is a regular activity the troop enjoys throughout the year, and typically they run annually a survival skills camp, a frosty camp, a night hike camp, weekend activity camps and a week long summer camp. Recent summer camps have included Eurojam, Norjam as well as camps in Derbyshire, Suffolk and Essex which included a visit to the World Jamboree.

Based at their own headquarters they have the perfect facility for all scouting activities, and with a strong leader team the scouts are assured of top class scouting. With a reputation as an inclusive troop, 2nd Dereham Toftwood Scouts are pleased to welcome young people of all abilities. As a mixed troop they welcome all young people, whatever their gender.

See more about the 2nd Dereham Toftwood Scouts on their website: www.2ndderehamscouts.org.uk

LILAC Cancer Support

Donation: £1000

LILAC (Living is Life After Cancer) was established in 2003 in response to an identified need in the community for emotional support for cancer sufferers and their families. LiLAC is a local self-help support group committed to caring, listening to and supporting those affected by cancer and their families in an informal, caring and confidential environment.

The premises in Coalisland provide a base for get-togethers. Cancer patients and their families can discuss their needs and obtain up-to-date information. Information regarding their illness helps cancer patients to understand their illness better so they can in turn make more informed choices about their treatment and future. There is also a coffee morning in LILAC house every Friday morning to give the opportunity for cancer patients and their families to get support from others in similar circumstances.

In today’s society when most people are guilty of not making time for others, LiLAC volunteers step in to support cancer patients and their families. They also offer relaxation therapies such as Reflexology, Reiki and Chi-Massage to their users. LiLAC also provides practical help to those undergoing treatment, such as help with housework, transport to and from hospital etc. LILAC works closely with other agencies in order to raise awareness of the journey cancer sufferers have to make.

See more about LILAC on their website: www.lilaccancer.org

The Matthew Project

Donation: £500

The Matthew Project is a value driven charity based in Norfolk and Suffolk working in innovative ways with adults, young people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol. Through the Matthew Project's varied services, young people and adults receive professional advice, information, counselling, support, care and education.

The Matthew Project has workers based throughout Norfolk and Suffolk in both rural and urban areas. Its work takes place in a variety of settings including schools, youth venues, police stations, courts, in the community and at their own premises.

The charity works with the individual but also worried parents, carers and young people whose parents use drugs or alcohol.

See more about The Matthew Project's work on their website:


HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust

Donation: £1000

HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust was formed in 1956 when a young doctor, Michael Strode took four children with disabilities on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. From the outset he insisted they be treated just like other pilgrims and should be accommodated in hotels rather than hospitals. Fifty years on HCPT now takes around 2000 children with disabilities or social and emotional needs on a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes each Easter.

The holiday features a visit to the Lourdes grotto, outings to local attractions snd villages amidst the spectacular scenery of the French Pyrenees.  The aim of the week is to give the children a safe and enjoyable holiday infused with the warmth and affection of caring friends.

Discover more about the work of the HCPT here:


The Hamlet Centre

Donation: £1000

The Hamlet Centre was founded in 1972 by Jack and Margaret Wymer, an entrepreneurial and inspirational disabled couple, who passionately believe that with the right support, people with disabilities can make their own decisions, live independently and move towards a good quality of life.

The Hamlet Centre works with children and adults who have:

  • A severe learning or physical disability
  • Complex long-term health needs, including those with life-limiting conditions who have reached the stage of needing palliative care
  • Physical, cognitive and sensory impairments
  • Autism, Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other challenging behaviours

Discover more about the work of The Hamlet Centre Trust here:


PACT Animal Sanctuary

Donation: £1000

PACT animal sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and where possible re-homes, neglected, injured and abandoned animals. Their specialty is 'problem animals', victims of physical or mental abuse, they are coaxed back to health, overcoming their behavioural distress, and restoring their dignity. In most cases these poor creatures would have had no option other than euthanasia.

More information about this charity can be found on their website:


The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind

Donation: £1000

The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2005. Throughout the County it aims to help the 20,000 people with poor sight. Last year its community workers made nearly 7,000 separate visits to individuals in their homes and there were over 6,000 visitors to the six equipment centres throughout the County.

In Norwich it has a residential home and 20 sheltered flats as well as a volunteer presence in all four hospital eye clinics in the County. It has a busy sports and leisure programme and over 300 active volunteers are an essential part of the organisation.

The Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge is currently raising funds to send 6 sight-impaired members on a walking week in the Peak District.

More information about the work of the NNAB can be found on their website:


North Norfolk Explorer Scouts

Donation: £500

Explorer Scouts are the group of young people in scouting aged between 14 and 18.

Dragon Young Leader Unit is a specialist Explorer unit based in South Norfolk that not only meet as a unit, but also devote time to working with other sections of Scouts including Beavers and Cubs; several of the group also work with the County Special Needs Group. 

Amphibian Explorer Unit is based in North Norwich and specialises in outdoor adventure activities including camps and hikes. The group aims to offers these activities at as low as cost as possible, therefore making them accessible to all Explorers.


Ella's Fund

Donation: £500

Nine year old Ella Kett suffers from Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). The syndrome affects growth, speech, mobility, mental health, learning and most areas of development. One of the biggest difficulties has been a reflux problem; Ella has very significant damage to her oesophagus and is on high doses of medication, she also has to undergo invasive tests on a regular basis to help monitor the condition. A recent MRI scan also revealed that Ella has a curvature of the spine and has suffered damage to one kidney.

Eighteen months ago a fund was set up to help pay for trips to see specialists and for her family to attend the CdLS conferences where Ella and her family can meet and talk to medical professionals ans other families who live with the debilitating condition. Ella has attended conferences in Glasgow and Denmark and the aim is for her to go to Argentina next year. Last winter Ella’s fund was used to take her to Lapland. A trip that her mum said “Was a once in a lifetime opportunity which Ella thoroughly enjoyed”.

Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge were delighted to present nine year old Ella Kett with a cheque for £500 to help her and her family with their travel expenses as they attend CdLS conferences to seek more help from medical experts with greater knowledge of her condition. The Cheque was presented to Ella at Mod One in Magadelen Street by Caroline Jarrold on behalf of the Jarrold Staff Charity Challenge which raises funds for local charities and causes nominated by Jarrold Staff.

North Norfolk Surf Lifesaving Club

Donation: £500

Formed in 2008, North Norfolk Surf Lifesaving Club is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers which relies on public donations and sponsorship from businesses to supply its members with training equipment.

The club meets weekly and the majority of members are lifeguards or lifeguards in training, although all members of the public are welcome to join in with the patrols and exercises, designed to improve fitness and develop lifesaving skills.



Donation: £500

'The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Norfolk is here to try and alleviate your fears and provide professional support and therapy as and when required'

More information about this charity can be found on their website:


Magic Moments

Donation: £600

The Magic Moments children's charity was set up in 1998 by Alick Smith, the founder of the UK's largest independent estate agency Spicerhaart, and his wife Val. Until recently known as the Spicerhaart Fantasy Charity Fund, the charity has raised more than £600,000 over the years to support children's hospices across the UK.

The Magic Moments Charity Fund is dedicated to helping children suffering life limiting illnesses and their families. This is achieved by organising ‘magic moments’ to make youngsters’ dreams come true. The charity also donates money raised to children’s hospices across the UK so they can buy essential equipment.

For more information about the work of the charity:


Nelson's Journey

Donation: £1000

Nelson’s Journey was founded by Kim Greensmith, a qualified social worker along with another group of social service workers. The birth mother of her adopted daughters Katie and Hannah had died at a very young age.

Recognising the importance of support for children suffering a bereavement the group established Nelson’s Journey in November 1997, to help bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk deal with the anger, distress and confusion of losing a loved one.

The name Nelson’s Journey was chosen to inspire the two main aspects of the charity – we are local, hence the use of Norfolk’s own Admiral Nelson, and ‘Journey’ was chosen as bereavement is a journey which begins the minute your loved one dies and lasts a lifetime. The work that the group began 15 years ago continues and Nelson’s Journey has gone on to grow year-on-year.