|Cheque presentations at Dickleburgh Church - holding the cheques left to right:|
Rev'd Norman Steer, Paul Fleet Marie Curie Cancer care and Rosemary Steer
Marie Curie Cancer Care was the festival’s designated charity for 2013. Funds were raised through entry charges and a bucket collection. The Christmas tree festival, which marked its 10th anniversary in 2013, also has a public vote for the best tree with 23 cash prizes on offer for the winning trees, providing additional support for local organisations. Marie Curie Cancer care was one of the winners and the volunteers were presented with an extra £25.
Rev’d Norman Steer, 50 Christmas Trees event organiser, who retired from the role after 10 years at the end of 2013, was the winner of the Inspiring Achievement Award at South Norfolk Council Community Volunteer Awards on February 7. He received a cheque for £250 for his nominated charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, which was also presented to the volunteers on Monday.
Paul Fleet, Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie Cancer Care said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in raising such a fantastic sum of money. The income from the Christmas Tree fundraising will go towards supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses across Norfolk. £3,000 is an incredible achievement and will help to pay for 150 nursing hours in the county”
Rev’d Norman Steer, event organiser said: “The Dickleburgh Christmas tree festival is delighted to be able to give Marie Curie Cancer Care £3,000 to support them in their work with caring for terminally ill patients in their own home. The symbol of hope, the daffodil, was displayed with pride throughout the festival and the slogan ‘Devoted to Life’ was clear to see in the fantastic statistics of the care given to over 38,777 terminally ill cases in the period 2012/2013. Our blessing and grateful thanks go to all of the members of the Marie Curie Cancer Care staff, doctors, nurses and carers and the dedicated team of fundraisers.”