With under one week to go until the Norfolk House Draw officially closes, one lucky winner becomes the owner of a £4,500,000 Coastal House and we reveal just how much we’ve raised for the incredible RNLI, we here at Omaze decided it was time to go one step further, helping those in and around the local community where our Norfolk House is based too.
So, with that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that the Omaze community has made it possible for us to make two £15,000 donations to both the Holt Youth Project and Glaven Caring.
The Holt Youth Project, built by the local community of Holt, supports children and young people in an area of high rural isolation, reduced transport links and with many disadvantaged families struggling to cope with the day-to-day pressures of life.
The money donated by Omaze will help to support a new piece of work for the Project called ‘Resilient Together’—a programme to help fill gaps in services for young people with emotional and anxiety-related issues.
Post covid, the charity has seen a significant rise in these problems amongst the community. Resilient Together will be a nurturing, holistic, wellbeing programme aimed to support and equip young people to build their confidence and self-esteem, in order to gain valuable life skills that will help them reach their full potential and aspirations.
Julie Alford BEM, Founder/Manager of Holt Youth Project said: "Everyone at Holt Youth Project would like to say a huge thank you to Omaze for its generous donation that will help us to continue supporting children and young people. This wonderful gesture will make such a difference."
The second local charity to receive a donation from Omaze was Glaven Caring. They offer a wide range of support to elderly people in the community, including transportation to and from the Glaven Centre, in a specially adapted minibus, where they receive the warmest of welcomes (and a much-needed cup of tea and biscuit on arrival).
The centre and its team provide a whole host of activities, including quizzes, sing alongs, guest speaker talks, physical exercises, visits by children from the local primary school, gardening and day visits to local attractions, to name but a few.
Glaven Caring’s nurses provide medical care not available in nearby local villages, including blood tests, vaccinations, medication supervision, health checks and wound-dressing. They also provide an assisted bathing facility, weekly foot-care service to the community and a monthly hairdressing and ear-care service.
And by taking on clients with dementia, the charity gives respite to regular carers, often family members, allowing them to get on with day-to-day life admin, safe in the knowledge their loved ones are being looked after in the best possible place, by the best possible people.
Peter O'Hare, Chairman of the Trustees of Glaven Caring said: “Without the generosity of organisations like Omaze and the fundraising activities and efforts of our staff and team of volunteers, Glaven Caring would cease to exist. Many of our clients would end up in care homes, disorientated and unhappy. Families would be split up and mental and physical stimulation would be lost by so many - resulting in health deterioration.
“This donation will make a big difference and help to enable our incredible staff and volunteers to continue supporting elderly people in our community, ensuring they can continue living at home in comfort and with dignity.”
Duncan Baker MP for North Norfolk, who connected the charities with Omaze, said: "These two charities are a shining light in their communities and all of Norfolk should feel very proud that such organisations exist and excel in this county. The work that Glaven Caring and Holt Youth Project do makes an enormous difference to people from different generations, but who share the need for support. On behalf of all those that are supported by these enormously important charities, I say thank you for this donation from Omaze."
Amit Lakhani, VP of Finance for Omaze, said: “Omaze is delighted to have made a contribution to Glaven Caring and Holt Youth Project. I had the privilege of visiting both these incredible charities recently, and having the opportunity to witness firsthand the impact of their vital work in this community was truly humbling.
"Omaze will continue to help more local causes in the areas where we host our house draws, wherever possible."
If you’d like the chance to win this £4,500,000 Coastal House in Norfolk, you have until Bank Holiday Monday 28th August to enter the Omaze Million Pound House Draw, Norfolk. And the best part? You’ll be helping to power the RNLI’s lifesaving service, providing volunteers with everything they need to bring those in trouble at sea home to their families.
So, what are you waiting for? Do something omazing today and enter now at omaze.co.uk.