More than £10,000 has been donated to charities in Great Yarmouth and Waveney following further work by local fundraisers Zoiyar Cole and Janet Ellis, and their friends.
Yesterday, Tuesday 4 December, Zoiyar and Janet visited the Louise Hamilton Centre, on the James Paget University Hospital site, to hand over cheques totalling £10,460 to charities and groups including the Centre, the Royal British Legion, the Sandra Chapman Centre, Marie Curie and Palliative Care East. The charities each benefited from between £500 and £3,700 each.
The £10,000 this year takes the total raised for local causes by Zoiyar and Janet since the year 2000 to £341,697. The money is raised through a variety of activities each year including the sale of knitted Easter chicks, knitted hedgehogs and knitted poppies and a Christmas coffee morning, as well as donations from businesses.
Zoiyar said; “We couldn’t do this without the support of local people and I’d like to thank everyone who has made a donation – including those who have donated wool. I’d also like to particularly thank June Honeywood and Brenda Lincoln who have both helped knit hundreds of items for us to sell, with June knitting over 3,000 poppies.”
Helen Rowe, Palliative Care East Administrator at The Louise Hamilton Centre, said: “We are really grateful for this donation and all the work that has gone into the fundraising again this year. The money goes to support a range of projects across the different charities and makes a real difference to those using our services. Thank you to Zoiyar, Janet, Brenda and June, and all those who support their work, for this generous gift.”