Carnival boost for life saving charity

Just Regional
Nov 23, 2022 2 mins read

Cromer’s carnival parade bucket collection raised a shade under £3,000, the bulk of which has gone to a local lifesaving charity.

Tony Shipp, chairman of the Voluntary Entertainments Organisation, which organises the event, said: “We are so grateful to everyone for their generosity during the parade and elsewhere during the main carnival week and the two children’s events weeks.

“After the break since the last carnival, we were so pleased with the atmosphere and attendance at all of the events, and it was a great success.”

This year’s nominated charity is the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, better known as Nars, which received a cheque for £2,000.

Nars is made up of volunteer doctors, paramedics, nurses and other first responders who attend incidents in the county alongside the emergency services. They have saved numerous lives since it was started in 1970.

Phillip Balls, who presented the cheque on behalf of the carnival, said: “As someone who spent the most significant part of my own career working for the ambulance service, it was a pleasure for me to give Nars the funds and to recognise the work they are doing on behalf of our community across the county.”

He presented the cheque to Carl Smith, a critical care paramedic with Nars, and nurse Sue Moffat.

Tony added that he wanted to thank all the volunteers and businesses which contributed to the carnival, which is the highlight of the town’s year.

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