Norfolk Deaf Association
James Kidd Mills & Reeve presents the cheque for £9,828 to Aliona Derrett CEO Norfolk Deaf Association.

Norfolk Deaf Association – Charity of the Year boost from Mills & Reeve

James Kidd, partner at the Norwich office of Mills & Reeve presented a cheque for £9,828 to Norfolk Deaf Association’s (NDA) CEO, Aliona Derrett, at the charity’s Annual Public Meeting.

NDA was the Mills & Reeve charity of the year 2014/15. The solicitors staged a wide range of fundraising events including quizzes, a sports day and an Ice Bucket Challenge, at which all the firm’s partners plus the NDA’s treasurer Chris Doggett, were given an icy soaking by employees.

James Kidd explained: “The main reason that we chose NDA for our office charity for 2014/15 was because of the excellent services that the charity provides to deaf and hearing impaired people in Norfolk and because we felt our fundraising efforts could make a real difference.”

Mills & Reeve Ice Bucket Challenge, standing l to r Ian Mayers, Harry Scott, Tim Ryan and Virginia Edgecombe and seated Chris Doggett NDA Treasurer and James Kidd.

Tony Innes, NDA Chairman said: “Thank you very much to the team at Mills & Reeve Norwich for their fantastic support, it’s a great boost to our staff and team of dedicated volunteers. The Mills & Reeve donation is the icing on the cake for the most satisfying year since I joined NDA in 2009. We have consolidated our plans to become one of the major providers of care and support to the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Norfolk.”

During the last year more than 6000 service users took advantage of NDA’s Hearing Support Services either on the Mobile Clinic minibus, or at fixed clinics, of which there are now over 100. There is also the Befriending Service, Tinnitus Support Group and Hard-of Hearing Club, as well as other activities run for the benefit of those with poor hearing. Deaf Awareness Training is provided for those organisations or companies who are looking for a better understanding of the difficulties faced by people with a hearing impairment.

William Armstrong, recently retired Senior Coroner for Norfolk and last year’s Sheriff of Norwich was guest speaker at the APM.

The NDA is always looking for volunteers so if you think this is something you could do to help others, please call 01603 404440, visit the charity’s office at 120 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1RT or see