SERV Norfolk is a registered charity no.1148669 run by local volunteers that transports blood, plasma, platelets, samples, vaccines, donor breast milk & any other urgently required medical items to hospitals – at night, daytime weekends and bank holidays. This service is provided completely free of charge, allowing the NHS to divert funds where they are needed most.
SERV Norfolk covers the county of Norfolk and is run by dedicated volunteers who receive no financial compensation for their time or costs.
It’s day 8 of our Advent Calendar and we have once again prepared welcome bags for the women’s refuges in Lowestoft and Diss.
These bags contain essential items and a few luxuries for women and their children who have had to leave home at short notice. Many of them escaping abuse or violence. 24 bags have been collected and delivered. The project is the brainchild of, and coordinated by, Past president Cathy Ryan.
For day 6 of our Advent Calendar we will be buying a donkey and a goat through the charity “Kids for Kids”
KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship. Our key project is a goat loan – we don’t believe in charity, we believe in enabling people to help themselves. Children are malnourished in every village. Many have had no protein, minerals or vitamins for months on end which not only means lasting damage to them physically but their IQ is reduced, often irreparably. Goat’s milk transforms a child’s health.
Goat loans are just one way we help. By providing an integrated package of sustainable projects which parents tell us will help them the most – projects suitable to the region which have both an immediate, and a long-term impact – we are lifting families out of abject poverty and transforming whole villages. To date, we have adopted 87 villages across North Darfur. Over 370,000 people whose lives have been improved long term in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world, where violence is still a daily hazard on the walk to water.
It’s day 5 of our Advent Calendar and we will be donating £100 to the charity “Tools with a Mission“.
Their mission is to collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them across the world for livelihood creation. They send around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year.
They support local people supporting their own communities through livelihood creating projects. They believe there is dignity through work and the ability to provide for yourself and your family. They believe entire communities can be transformed through training and the provision of tool kits and equipment.
Last year the club arrange a tool collection in Southwold and collected over half a tonne of unwanted tools for TWAM. In addition to the donation we hope to carry out another collection in 2018.
It’s Day 4 of our Advent Calendar and we will be donating £250 to the mental health charity “Heads Together”.
Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
Significant progress has been made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses have built on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental well being, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting the help they need.
In April 2017 Heads Together was the charity of the year for the Virgin Money London Marathon, which became the first Marathon for Mental Health raising the profile of this important issue and inspiring people to talk about their own mental health for the first time.
It’s day 3 of our Advent Calendar and we will be donating £150 to the organisation “Smile International” to help in the good work they do.
“Turning tears into Smiles”
Smile International is passionate about helping to relieve suffering and poverty around the world through our FEED programmes – Feeding, Educating, Empowering and Developing. We are dedicated to giving hope to those in need and providing people with an opportunity to develop emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.
We are invested in transforming whole lives – body and soul – of the most vulnerable people by long-term development projects, regardless of religion or nationality as well as work in effective partnerships to make a real difference to those in need.
Our vision is to see people and their lives transformed, for them to become self-sustainable, empowered and encouraged.
There are so many needs and desperate situations around the world but if we can help even one person, by turning tears into smiles, that’s what it’s all about.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting children & young people who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.
Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott following the death of her husband Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK.
Support offered to the children includes fun activities such as holiday breaks and group events, personal development assistance through educational grants and access to professional bereavement counselling
To start off our Advent Calendar and to begin the festive season, the members of the club have bought and erected an 18′ Christmas Tree on North Green in Southwold. We hope the residents of Southwold and surrounding area enjoy our gift to the town. Watch out for more Christmas tree news coming soon. Don’t forget to follow the rest of our Advent Calendar over the coming days.
It’s Christmas Eve and the 24th day of our Advent Calendar. Today we will be donating £120 to the charity Sightsavers.
From the Sightsavers’ website
There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness can be cured or prevented. That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when they needn’t be.
Shocked by this? So are we. We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently.
We help blind people to see again, and prevent people from going blind wherever we can. We improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly those who have permanent sight loss.
We need to change the lives of people at risk of sight loss for the long term, not just today. So we campaign to make the world a fairer place for people with disabilities and we tackle the underlying causes of avoidable blindness.