Drayton & Taverham

Help Sophie egg-ceed appeal target

Just Regional
Feb 29, 2016 3 mins read

Taverham resident Sophie Prior is asking the local community to think of others this Easter and buy an extra egg to be donated  to one of the hundreds of young carers who live in Norfolk.

Sophie came up with the idea for an Easter egg appeal through her involvement with St Edmund’s Church. Having moved here a year ago from Hethersett, Sophie was keen to get involved in the local community and meet new people.

“I moved in with my fiancé, but apart from him I didn’t know anyone,” said the 22 year old, who was baptised at St Edmund’s last July and is now a regular member of the congregation.

“It’s a really good church for getting involved and I liked that. I’m also part of the Thorpe Marriott Knitters and Stitchers group and the youngest member of Taverham WI.”

Having well and truly thrown herself into local life, Sophie heard about an appeal the church ran a couple of Christmases ago to gather selection boxes for Norwich foodbank and decided to do a similar collection for Easter.

“Some charities get overlooked, like those for young carers, so I decided to collect the eggs for The Benjamin Foundation,” said Sophie.

“My sister attends the young carers group once a month and it has really helped her to meet other young people in similar situations.”

St Edmund’s rector, the revd Paul Seabrook, said: “Easter, as the celebration of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, is always a time of great joy and hope for Christians. We really pray these eggs convey something of that hope for those in need who will receive them. We are grateful at St Edmund’s to be able to support the appeal and to Sophie for organising it.”

The appeal has already got off to a good start with donations from people within the church, but now Sophie would like to open it up to the wider community and hopefully reach her target of 100 eggs.

“The eggs don’t have to be anything fancy, it’s more about the gesture. If people can just buy an extra egg this Easter, that would be great.”

Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said: “We support more than 300 young carers across Norfolk, these are children and young people up to the age of 18 who are caring for someone in their family who has a long term illness or disability, mental health problem, learning disability or needs help for other reasons.

“Being able to give some of the young carers a surprise Easter egg will put smiles on faces ahead of their Easter holidays, when some of them will become full-time carers while not at school.”

The charity runs groups around the county which take place every three weeks during term-time. They provide a safe, supportive environment for young carers where they can let their hair down, make friends, play, socialise and forget their adult responsibilities for a while.

Eggs can be dropped off at St Edmund’s Church until Good Friday, March 25.

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