Why not add even more meaning to your Christmas by sending cards created in Norfolk to help charities and good causes?
Help a Norfolk charity!
Donkeys, deer, frozen landscapes and carolling choirboys are just some of the images of Norfolk which will be raising money for good causes. We pick a few of our favourite festive Christmas cards.
Jack Brock is an inspirational miniature pony. Originally a rescue pony he raises money for dementia and cancer charities and is a therapy pony and dementia ambassador for East of England Co-op and Dementia UK. He has already raised more than £18,000 for dementia charities this year and owner Ali Stearn said: “We are visiting numerous homes over the Christmas period, including three ladies living with dementia who want to stroke a horse or pony again. One is in her 90s. Her father used to drive the fire engines, drawn by heavy horses. She misses their smell!”
Ali, who runs plants by post business The Garden Box, is also an artist and has painted Jack for a Christmas card to raise money for dementia charities and cafes across East Anglia. Jack is also a confetti pony at weddings but it is his fundraising exploits which have come to the attention of Downing Street, with Ali invited to a reception hosted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
“Sadly just I am attending – no ponies allowed in Downing Street. But I am taking cards to give them!” she said.
Jack will walk alongside Father Christmas in the Jarrold Christmas Parade and is also big supporter of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust, as Ali is stepdaughter of renowned jockey Bob Champion. Jack’s Christmas cards, A Time
For Giving, are £8 a pack from his website, which also includes details of stockists and where Jack will be out and about, selling cards from panniers. jackbrockltd.co.uk
Magical Porch Fairies will be making Christmas a little bit better for bereaved children across Norfolk. Fiona Bishop, who created the fairytale world, has made a card, called Memory Tree, especially for Nelson’s Journey. “Approximately, 470 children in Norfolk will be sadly spending their first Christmas without a parent, and we feel this is a more than worthy charity to support,” said Fiona. nelsonsjourney.org.uk
FRIENDS OF CATHEDRAL MUSIC
A Norwich Cathedral chorister designed a card to be sold across the country in support of a charity which helps fund music in cathedrals, college chapels and churches. Eight-year-old Isaac Schaad loves being a chorister and wanted to help raise funds to give other children the opportunities he enjoys. He drew the choristers on his iPad and said: “I love the colourful vestments worn by the Cathedral clergy and decided to include a bishop wearing vestments of my own design in the picture.” Isaac also plays the violin and piano and has raised money for the Friends of Cathedral Music by busking in Norwich. fcm.org.uk
NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST
A murmuration flowing across a snowy landscape, a white hart statue-still in the moonlight, redwings and berries on bare branches, and a winter heron puffed out against the cold are all stars of Christmas cards designed to raise money for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Local artists have created a range of cards which can be bought from the charity’s visitor centres at Cley, Hickling and Holme, its headquarters at 22 Thorpe Road, Norwich, and norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk
The UK’s largest horse sanctuary is based in Norfolk, with its headquarters at Hapton Hall, near Long Stratton, and visitor centres in Aylsham and Caldecott near Fritton. Redwings began in Norfolk in 1984 with the rescue of a single pony and now cares for more than 1,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, with another 500 living with carers. Its cards this year include Boo and Friends, by Mike Sherard, which stars blind Clydesdale horse Boo, who arrived at Hapton Hall 10 years ago.
From the gift shops at Redwings’ visitor centres and redwings.org.uk/shop.
Cromer Pier, Happisburgh Lighthouse, Wells beach huts and Norwich Castle and Cathedral all feature in a cheery, snowy card by Norwich artist Helena Carrington. It is being sold in aid of Break’s work with vulnerable young people, and is available at Break charity shops across the county. Break’s services include children’s homes, a centre for families in crisis, and help for children with disabilities and their families. break-charity.org
There are just six services a year at the parish church in Haveringland, near Aylsham. But the much-loved medieval building is a community hub with its own action group raising money to improve access and facilities so that it can be used for more events and activities. It is the star of its own snowy photographic cards, available from the church when it is open for a “cake and rake” churchyard clear-up on November 2 and 3, Remembrance Sunday on November 10, and candlelit carols on December 8.
Many more Norfolk charities and good causes raise money from Christmas cards. Some are sold through the charity’s own shops and websites, or through the Cards for Good Causes shop in the Forum, Norwich, and the Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop in the city centre.
A Time for Giving - dementia ambassador pony Jack Brock stars on the Christmas card, painted by his owner Ali Stearn, and sold in support of dementia care homes and cafe start ups across the East of England
BELOW FROM LEFT: The White Hart by Norfolk artist Hannah Giffard will be sold in aid of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Short Days Long Shadows by Norfolk artist Niki Bowers
ABOVE: A Christmas card raising money for Redwings
Fiona Bishop designed this beautiful Porch Fairies card for Nelson’s Journey