Big C Norfolk Show

Big C, The President’s Chosen Charity 2016

Thursday June 30, 2pm

Stand 206, Royal Norfolk Show

(beside Norwich City College Debut restaurant)

Nine-year-old Zara joins Big C for a Cuppa to celebrate her successful fund-raising quadrathlon

Zara Kirkham from Norwich, who raised more than £2000 battling against the elements to complete a quadrathlon on the north Norfolk coast hands over her money to Big C on day two of the county’s annual event held at the Norwich show ground.

The Big C, the President’s chosen charity for 2016, was so impressed by her initiative, planning and incredible result that it invited her family to join them at its vintage tea party styled stand 206 to hand over the cheque to the charity’s chief executive Dr Chris Bushby, at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Dr Bushby said:” We wanted to do something extra special for Zara in recognition of her fantastic achievement and determination. You don’t come across many amazing nine-year-olds like Zara. This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates an initiative of great generosity to her fellow citizens.”

The Avenue Junior School pupil wanted to do something for Big C whose support and information Centre at the NNUH had been a great source of help and support to mum Paula who was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago.

She devised and planned a route that involved cycling, swimming, kayaking and walking …and her dad Bill who was there by her side, battling against cold winds, choppy and chilly waters.

Mr Kirkham’s employers Marsh also gave a donation of £300 to swell the total.

To mark its 35th anniversary the Big C stand will be celebration themed featuring a vintage tea party and opportunities to join in a summer of events and challenges and hold your own celebration big cuppa.

Visitors can discover the many areas of Big C’s work – volunteering, fundraising, shops, events and more –  with their hand held devices using new Thyngs interactive technology enabling direct links and downloads from the website.

Big C funded PhD research student Aleks Gontarczyk will have a microscope demonstrating his work with cancer cells and talk about the exciting research Big C funds at the Norwich Research Park. There will information on how Big C supports people with cancer in Norfolk and Waveney and how to become a volunteer.

The Big C’s new #cancerconversations campaign will be launched to visitors. Supported by Adnams, the initiative aims to bring talk about cancer into the open, especially among a younger pub-going audience and will run in pubs via drip mats and posters and through social media. Tweets will run live from the stand based on conversations with visitors.

Contact on the stand is Clive Evans, director of income generation and communications.