Xmas cards:

Why not add even more mean­ing to your Christ­mas by send­ing cards cre­ated in Nor­folk to help char­i­ties and good causes?

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - WORDS: Rowan Man­tell

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


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


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

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