The long awaited afternoon of Sunday 11th June has come and gone and here at TimeNorfolk we are still buzzing from the excitement of it all!
We are extremely grateful to Bishop Graham for letting us roam free in his private garden and, if you’ll bear with me and read on, you’ll be much the wiser for what all the hype was about.
TimeNorfolk offers a free support service to those who have experienced pregnancy loss; we do not receive any funding from the government at a local or national. Knowing that every penny raised was going to support those who have experienced pregnancy loss made the event all the more special.
This is how one recent client described her experience with TimeNorfolk:
Meeting my counsellor at TimeNorfolk was nerve wracking but I was made to feel so at ease and that I wasn’t being judged. Going to my weekly meetings saved me. I worked through the enormous amount of guilt and shame that I felt for the decision I had made. I learnt to deal with my constant worries and fears for my new pregnancy. I felt hope and learnt techniques that will stay with me for life. My counsellor has been such a support, it always felt like my sanctuary and safe place at my weekly meetings. I am now looking forward to welcoming my first child and I cannot thank my counsellor and TimeNorfolk enough. I dread to think what my life would be like if I had never made the call to TimeNorfolk.
Here’s how the day unfolded:
- We were very fortunate to enjoy sunshine amidst gusty winds which kept those sporting gazebos on their toes all day.
- The gates were opened at 1pm to a queue of the most eager guests who were first to enjoy the beautiful 4 acre gardens.
- After fifteen minutes of wandering time, our performances kicked off with Catton Community Choir.
- It was wonderful to hear the sounds of a Beatles medley floating across the garden.
- Following Catton Community Choir was Soprano Emma Nuule, Norwich School Young Musicians and The Harmummies Choir.
The main lawn was the perfect spot to enjoy a cream tea to the sounds of wonderful melodies, with the chance to peruse craft stalls, take part in raffles or play with the giant garden games. There was even a Tiger hiding in the hedges. Alas, he did not stay hidden for very long!
Children eventually found the secret garden and the special activities going on there. Face painting, tiger mask making and colouring entertained little ones throughout the afternoon as well as a trail that saw families exploring the garden trying to find ‘Toby the Tiger’ and his 8 other animal friends! The Happy Book Club spent the afternoon under a tree in the secret (not really) garden reading ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ as well as other well loved stories.
We were very well supported by the Norfolk business community;
- Rosedale funeral homes very kindly sponsored the event and we saw many local retailers offer raffle prizes.
- For example, Jarrolds, Fig Bar, Jojo Mama Bebe, Tesco and many others made it all possible.
- Even before the event had begun we were very well supported by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors who designed & printed our fantastic posters for us.
We are extremely grateful to our army of volunteers.
We saw approximately 600 people join us on the day and our wonderful volunteers baked enough cake & scones to feed them all!
The afternoon was run by 4 TimeNorfolk staff & over 20 volunteers and we cannot thank our volunteers enough for the time and energy that they put into the event!
Thank you volunteers, sponsors, guests and Bishops! Your time and effort truly paid off!