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Roys staff pull on a festive knit for charity

 

Photo: Roys of Wroxham stores and office staff in their Christmas Jumpers

 

Photo: Roys of Wroxham stores and office staff in their Christmas Jumpers

Friday 15th December is Christmas Jumper Day and the staff in our Wroxham stores and office were happy to pull on a festive knit to help raise money for charity. Money raised will go to Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

The money could help bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support. Every year, millions of children around the world die before their fifth birthday from easily preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Many more are forgotten simply because they were born in the wrong place, or because they are girls, refugees, disabled or from a minority.

 


 

Roys Charity of the Year 2017/18 - East Anglia's Chidlren's Hospices

 

EACH - East Anglia's Children's Hospices - Roys Charity of the year 2017/2018

 

Roys are very pleased to announce that EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices) have been selected as our Charity of the Year for 2017 / 2018.

Sophie Mayes, EACH Corporate Fundraiser (Norfolk), said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Roys for selecting EACH as their Charity of the Year for 2018. We rely on the support of local businesses to continue our vital services caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supporting their families. Any money Roys raise will go towards helping these families at an unimaginably difficult time.”

The charity was chosen from nominations by Roys 8 stores and Highway garden & Leisure and will receive the money for all 5p carrier bags charges from these stores plus additional fundraising throughout the year. It succeeds Nelson's Journey, Roys charity of the year for 2016 / 2017 which received £31,478 and East Anglian Air Ambulance which received £31,151 in 2015 / 2016.

Ed Roy, Managing Director Roys, said: “It was important to us that the staff chose an East Anglian charity that works tirelessly for people in need within the communities surrounding Roys stores. EACH was an excellent choice and we hope to donate lots of money that can be used to support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions”

 


 

Roys £11,000 cheque brings grand total raised for Nelson's Journey to over £31,000!

 

Ed & Paul Roy presenting a cheque of £11,478 to Phil Kerridge and Sarah Hyde of Nelson's Journey

Photo left to right: Ed Roy Managing Director Roys, Paul Roy Buying and Marketing Director Roys, Phil Kerridge, Chair of Trustees Nelson’s Journey, Sarah Hyde Community Funding and Marketing Officer.

On Friday 1st December Roys of Wroxham presented Nelson's Journey with a massive donation of £11,478, this brings the grand total donated to Nelsons’ Journey by Roys to £31,478!

Phil Kerridge, Chair of Trustees at Nelson’s Journey commented on the donation ”Over the last year, ROYS have supported us with the utmost passion. A wonderful local business that wanted to make a difference to a local charity and we are thrilled to say they have done so in abundance, raising over £30,000 to support Norfolk’s bereaved children and young people. We have received referrals for almost 900 children so for this year, which is another increase on figures last year, as the demand for our service is on the rise, it shows just how much we need supporters in the community like ROYS to help us continue to provide a free service to those children that need support through their bereavement. We are incredibly grateful to ROYS, we have enjoyed working with them and meeting their customers, they have made a significant impact to the children we see, leaving a lasting legacy of support given over the year.”

Memory jar presented from nelson's Journey to Roys

Nelson’s Journey presented Roys with a memory jar filled with different coloured sands, each colour representing a memory of Roys and their time working together. This is a tool that is used by Nelson’s Journey with bereaved children to remember lost loved ones.

Ed Roy, Managing Director of Roys commented ”We are very grateful that we have been able to donate such a vast amount of money to such a worthwhile cause, Nelson’s Journey have been a wonderful charity to work with and have been incredibly appreciative of the money donated. We are thankful to our customers and staff for making the donations possible, their kindness is overwhelming. We wish Nelson’s Journey all the best for the future and we hope to be able to help them again in the future.”

 


 

Roys staff swap uniforms for spots & fancy dress for Children in Need 2017

 

Roys of Wroxham staff dress up for Children In Need 2017
Roys of Wroxham staff dress up for Children In Need 2017
Roys of Wroxham staff dress up for Children In Need 2017
Roys of Wroxham staff dress up for Children In Need 2017

Roys staff at our Wroxham, Bowthorpe, Dereham & Magdalen Street stores dressed up for Children in need.

Roys staff at our stores throughout Norfolk and Suffolk had lots of fun dressing up in spots and fancy dress on Friday 17th November for BBC's Children In Need 2017 Appeal. Money raised will go on to support disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK.

BBC Children In Need 2017. works throughout the year to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their full potential. It relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK, who donate their time and money to put on events supporting the Appeal.

Joanne Symonds, Roys Marketing Coordinator commented ” Customers enjoyed seeing the staff wearing wacky garments and dressed up as familiar characters. With generous donations from customers and staff Roys helped to raise money for a very important charity that makes a real difference to the lives of children across the UK.”

 


 

Over £1000 raised for Nelson's Journey in Roys Christmas Shopping Evening's charity raffle 2017

 

Roys of Wroxham Christmas Shopping Evening 2017

 

Roys Christmas Shopping Evening was held on Tuesday 8th November as a special event for pre-registered guests to get into the Christmas spirit and some great deals too! On arrival guests received a complimentary drink, goody bag and a spread of Christmas treats to help get into the festive mood. A number of representatives from big brands were in store for shoppers to meet and ask advice about some of their favourite products as well as demonstrations of some too.

Charity Raffle

The culmination of the evening was the charity raffle which raised £1074 for Nelson’s Journey. Over £2000 worth of prizes were available to be won and there were many happy winners.

A number of prizes are yet to be claimed. Prizes can be claimed from the till point next to the car park entrance of our Wroxham Department Store. Please note serial numbers of raffle tickets will be checked for verification. The winning raffle tickets are;

1st Prize

Robert's R Series Radio

Yellow 579

4th Prize

Illuminated 80 LED 95cm reindeer

Yellow 414

5th Prize

Simple Human 46 litre dual recycle bin

Blue 397

7th Prize

Simple Human 30 litre touch bar bin

Red 786

10th Prize

Jam Symphony Speaker

Yellow 192

12th Prize

Rimmel Hamper

Pink 355

13th Prize

Charnos Lingerie Set

Blue 586

14th Prize

Wax Lyrical Hamper

Pink 268

15th Prize

Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower Gift Set

Yellow 91

16th Prize

L'Occitane Gift Set

Blue 362

17th Prize

Tower Air Fryer

Pink 100

19th Prize

Mavala Hamper & Thorntons chocolates

Pink 278

22nd Prize

Playtex Lingerie set

Yellow 195

25th Prize

Oriano handbag

Pink 417

26th Prize

Portmeirion Vase

Blue 640

29th Prize

Cheeseboard & Thornton's Chocolates

Yellow 177

30th Prize

Cheeseboard & Ferrero Rocher

Red 311

33rd Prize

Technic make up set

Red 643

38th Prize

Alice bath & body set & Ferrero Rocher

Grey 7

39th Prize

Gardeners Bundle

Red 779

 


 

Roys raises over £1,300 for Wear it Pink Day 2017

 

Roys of Wroxham staff dressed in pink for Wear it Pink day 2017
Roys of Wroxham staff dressed in pink for Wear it Pink day, 20th October 2017.

Staff from our Roys and Highway Garden and Leisure stores have raised £1,320 by dressing up in pink for Wear it Pink day on 20th October 2017. The money raised is thanks to generous donations from Roys customers & staff and will go to Breast Cancer Now, the Uk's largest breast cancer charity.

As well as dressing up in wacky and wonderful pink outfits the Wroxham department store held a number of other activities including a raffle, guess how many balloons in the car, guess how many sweets in the jar and guess the name of the teddy, all of which had a suitably pink theme. Other stores also held additional activities such as charity bake sales. Over £300 was raised by Roys of North Walsham, a remarkable achievement considering the size of the store.

Joanne Symonds, Roys Marketing Coordinator commented ” Customers enjoyed seeing the staff adorned in pink and taking part in the games.

With generous donations from customers and staff Roys helped to raise money for a very important charity that funds ground-breaking research into curing breast cancer.”

 


 

Over £2,750 raised in support of Marie Curie

£2,797 raised in support of Marie Curie

Over the past few months Roys have helped the charity Marie Curie raise over £2,750.

Marie Curie provides care and support for people with terminal illnesses. They provide help to both the victims and their family, offering expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left. £1,867.72 was raised through the charity's Daffodil Boxes in Roys' 8 stores in Norfolk & Suffolk as part of the charity's Great Daffodil Appeal. This money has all been allocated to the Norfolk Division of the charity helping people in the local area. Another £930.26 was raised by the charity's collections in Wroxham during July and August.

The money raised will be of considerable help to the charity as the help and support it provides is costly. Last year the charity provided over 1.2 million hours of nursing to 31,755 people yet it costs the charity £180 to provide one 9 hour nursing shift and £35 for just one nurses uniform.

 


 

Roys donates another £10,000 to Nelson's Journey

 

Photo from left to right: Paul Roy (Buying and marketing director Roys), Sarah Hyde (Community funding and marketing officer at Nelson’s Journey) and Phill Kerridge (Chair of trustees at Nelson’s Journey)
Photo from left to right: Paul Roy (Buying and marketing director Roys), Sarah Hyde (Community funding and marketing officer at Nelson’s Journey) and Phill Kerridge (Chair of trustees at Nelson’s Journey).

On 21st July Paul Roy – Buying and Marketing Director of Roys of Wroxham presented Nelson’s Journey with a £10,000 donation.

The £10,000 cheque was presented just a few months after another £10,000 was presented to the charity, bringing the running total this year to a massive £20,000.

Nelson’s Journey is a Norfolk charity that supports children and young people up to their 18th birthday that have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. The charity offers one to one support and opportunities to meet other children of a similar age who have also experienced a bereavement.

Nelson’s Journey are in constant need of donations to help with the ever growing number of referrals they are receiving, this year they have seen a record breaking number and expect this grow as the services become known to a wider audience.

Phil Kerridge Chair of Trustees said “Thank you to Roys of Wroxham and their shoppers for their continued support with their 5p carrier bag scheme.

We were so grateful to receive £10,000 from Roys today, having the support of this local family run business is wonderful. This additional money could fund 1000 Worry Eaters which support children and young people with anxieties following the death of someone significant in their lives. So far this year we have received nearly 600 referrals, with an expected 1000 to reach us by the end of 2017, we have never needed the support more.

Thank you to everyone that has been purchasing carrier bags and to Roys of Wroxham for giving us this incredible opportunity to bring back smiles to even more bereaved children in Norfolk”

The money is raised through the sale of 5p carrier bags throughout all Roys and Highway Garden and Leisure stores and is then donated to the chosen charity of the year. If you would like to contact Nelson’s Journey to find out about their services please visit http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/.

 


 

Newly Refitted Roys Bakery

 

Roys of Wroxham's new Bakery
The new look Roys Bakery in the Wroxham food hall.

Roys is proud to announce the opening of it's new look bakery in the Wroxham food hall. The design pays homage to the original Roys Bakery that opened in Coltishall in the 1920's and features traditional styled handmade tiles, copper detailing and photos of the original bakery.

All of your old favourites are still baked from scratch daily as well a number of new products such as Bakewell tart, lemon Viennese whirls, lemon meringue pie and rhubarb pie. There is also a new self serve pick 'n' mix section of bread rolls and sweet pastries and additional new products planned for the coming weeks.

Paul Roy - Buying and Marketing Director commented:

We didn’t set out to use a design agency to create the look and feel for the new bakery section you see in our Foodhall in Wroxham but we found nothing “off the shelf” really worked. So when the design house we approached created such a nice looking blueprint that met the various requirements of customers and bakers alike it suddenly became a reality. The brief had to reflect that although we are supermarket with volumes going through the foodhall, our own bakers make all of our bread rolls and loaves from scratch rather than just bake them off as some supermarkets do these days and there really is a difference in quality in my opinion. Some of our products have 12 hour proving times where the mix basically rests, gradually transforming into a dough that’s good to bake with – it’s a more traditional method. My father, Peter Roy, used to bake to this method in the family bakery in Coltishall up until the early 1970s where some may remember Roys having a standalone bakery that delivered to many stores throughout Norfolk. By going out to local craftsmen we procured handmade sustainably designed fixtures fit for our requirements, hopefully it looks good to existing and future generations of shoppers with workmanship to match that intention and serves the dual masters of efficiency and effectiveness of display. We will be launching more variety in the coming months such as sourdoughs and will keep on striving to serve up the best quality and price that we can.
Paul Roy - Buying and Marketing Director

 


 

Roys donate £200 to Keeping Abreast - Norwich

 

Jo Jackson (Team leader) and Toika Razzell (Deputy Manager) from our Wroxham Department Store donating a cheque to Carol Hale (Treasurer) from Keeping Abreast Norwich
Photo L to R: Jo Jackson Team Leader Wroxham department store, Carol Hale Treasurer Keeping Abreast Norwich branch, Toika Razzell Deputy Manager Wroxham department store

On 20th April Roys of Wroxham presented a £200 cheque to the Norwich division of Keeping Abreast.

Keeping Cancer Abreast is a charity that provides information, support, practical help and advice for those considering breast reconstruction and enriches the quality of care for those recovering from breast reconstruction. The £200 will be used to continue this much needed support.

The £200 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

Roys donate £200 to Broadland 222 Squadron

 

Wroxham Store Controller Chris Green presenting a cheques of £200 to member of Broadland 222 squadron Air Training Corp
Photo L to R: Brother & Sister Cadet Maya Gotts & Corporal Taylor Gotts, Cadet Ashley Barrel, Flight Sargeant Joseph Middleditch & Roys Wroxham Store Controller Chris Green

On 27th February Roys of Wroxham donated £200 to Broadland 222 Squadron, the Wroxham Air Training Corp (Air Cadets).

Roys were approached by Civilian Instructor Gavin Frost to raise money for an adventure training camp designed to build responsibility and leadership in 2017 to allow all cadets to attend without finances being a barrier.

The £200 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

Roys donate £10,000 to charity of the year Nelson's Journey

 

Roys present Nelsons Journey with £10,000

 Ed Roy - Managing Director of Roys Wroxham ltd presenting a cheque to Simon Wright and Sarah Hyde of Nelson's Journey.

On 15th February Roys Wroxham Ltd were delighted to present Nelson’s Journey with a £10,000 donation.

Nelson’s Journey was chosen as Roys charity of the year to receive all donations raised through sale of 5p carrier bags at Roys 8 stores and Highway Garden and Leisure. Nelson’s Journey is a charity giving essential support to bereaved children in Norfolk.

Sarah Hyde from Nelson’s Journey commented, We are absolutely amazed by the incredible support offered from Roy’s and their customers, we are pleased to have the backing of such a wonderful organisation, full of staff enthusiastic about our charity.

The 5p carrier bag scheme has already raised £10,000 which could fund 40 children to attend one of our therapeutic residential weekends at Hilltop in Sheringham. A Weekend packed full of team building, coping strategies and memory work with other children and young people of a similar age, giving them the right tools and confidence to move forward positively with their lives. 

We are so grateful to Roys of Wroxham and all who have supported the 5p carrier bag scheme already. Not only have they helped in raising money, but also awareness of our good work helping children and their families, suffering after the death of a loved one, in Norfolk”

 Ed Roy, managing director at Roys presented the cheque to Nelson’s Journey on behalf of Roys. “We are very pleased to be helping such a worthwhile cause, Roys would like to thank each and every customer that has donated money by purchasing a carrier bag and we look forward to being able to present Nelson’s Journey with future donations throughout the year.

If you would like to donate or would like help from the Child Bereavement support team at Nelson’s Journey then you can find more details at http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/.

 


 

Roys of Magdalen Street donate £200 to M.E. Support-Norfok

 

Damien Wiles (Roys of Magdalen Street Store Manager) and staff presenting a cheque of £200 to Paul Jordan from M.E. Support-Norfolk
Damien Wiles (Roys of Magdalen Street Store Manager) and staff presenting a cheque of £200 to Paul Jordan from M.E. Support-Norfolk

Roys of Magdalen Street have donated £200 to M.E. Support-Norfolk. Roys were approached by Paul Jordan from M.E. Support-Norfolk asking if Roys could match the donation Roys made to the support group the previous year which was spent entirely on those in need.

M.E. Support-Norfolk is a small, self-funding volunteer organisation which for nearly 30 years has offered moral support and practical assistance to sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis throughout broadland and beyond. Their volunteers are predominately M.E. sufferers themselves who use their own personal experience in areas such as dealing with outside agencies, medical appointments, nutrition and complimentary medicine. The group holds regular support meetings and runs its own library primarily on the subject of M.E. as well as publishing a monthly newsletter. There is currently no cure for M.E. or effective treatment meaning that all sufferers can do for themselves is learn to cope and manage as best as possible within an impoverished, disabling and restricted lifestyle. The numbers of people requiring help are ever increasing and the volunteers from M.E. Support-Norfolk really do make a huge difference to those they assist, giving hope and support to people with the neurological disorder.

Last years donation from Roys was the only outside source of revenue the group received making Roys' continued support crucial to the running of the group. Both donations are taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores.

 


 

Roys of Wroxham donate £250 to Wroxham & Hoveton Good Neighbour Scheme

 

Edward Roy (Roys Managing Director) presenting a cheque of £250 to Elaine Sendall (Treasurer of Wroxham & Hoveton Good neighbour Scheme) and Nigel Dixon (Wroxham Parish Council)
left to right: Edward Roy (Roys Managing Director), Elaine Sendall (Treasurer of Wroxham & Hoveton Good neighbour Scheme), Nigel Dixon (Wroxham Parish Council)

Roys of Wroxham have donated £250 to Wroxham & Hoveton Good Neighbour Scheme.

Roys of Wroxham were approached by Wroxham and Hoveton Good Neighbour Scheme, a group of volunteers set up in 2014, with the aim of supporting people in need in the local community in order to improve their quality of life. The volunteers asked for a donation to help keep activities such as befriending, transport, domestic support and household assistance available for the next 2 years and to expand its outreach into the community.

The £250 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The group will now be able to continue the excellent work within the community helping those in need.

 


 

Roys of Wroxham donate £100 to Norfolk Girl Guiding

 

Chris Green (Roys of Wroxham General Store Manager) presenting a cheque of £100 pounds to leaders & members of Norfolk Girlguiding
Photo left to right back row: Chris Green (Roys of Wroxham General Store Manager), Helen, Kate, Gill, front row left to right: Remi, Leoni and Lilia

Roys of Wroxham have donated £100 to Girlguiding Norfolk.

Girlguiding Norfolk approached Roys about a new and exciting archiving project they had in progress. The new Archive Resource Centre was built to house Norfolk’s archive resources in a way to make them more accessible to local girl members and leaders to use. The group were looking for donations to purchase equipment to make the activity / resource centre fully functional and also enable items to be used away from the building in Girlguiding units.

Roys donated £100 to Girlguiding Norfolk to buy plastic storage boxes to store items that can be loaned to Guiding units.

The £100 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

Roys staff pull on a festive knit for charity

 

Photo: Roys of Wroxham stores and office staff in their Christmas Jumpers

Photo: Roys of Wroxham stores and office staff in their Christmas Jumpers

Friday 16th December is Christmas Jumper Day and the staff in our Wroxham stores and office were happy to pull on a festive knit to help raise money for charity. Money raised will go to Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

The money could help bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support. Every year, millions of children around the world die before their fifth birthday from easily preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Many more are forgotten simply because they were born in the wrong place, or because they are girls, refugees, disabled or from a minority.

 


 

Roys present Nelson’s Journey with £761 donation

 

Photo left to right: Andrew Banthorpe (Roys of Wroxham store manager), Joanne Symonds (Roys Marketing Coordinator), Sarah Hyde (Community Funding and Marketing Officer)

Photo left to right: Andrew Banthorpe (Roys of Wroxham store manager), Joanne Symonds (Roys Marketing Coordinator), Sarah Hyde (Community Funding and Marketing Officer)

On 23rd November staff from Roys presented Nelson's Journey with a £761 donation which was raised from a Christmas Shopping evening held at Wroxham department store. Customers were invited to the event where money was raised with a raffle, cupcake sale, guess how many sweets in the jar and a Guess the name of the teddy. Customers were also given the opportunity to speak with volunteers from Nelson’s Journey to find out more about the charity.

Nelson's Journey has been chosen as Roys charity of the year to receive all donations raised through sale of 5p carrier bags at Roys 8 stores and Highway Garden and Leisure. Nelson’s Journey is a charity giving essential support to bereaved children.

Sarah Hyde from Nelson’s Journey commented;

We are extremely grateful to have the support of ROY’S Stores & Highway garden centre, having a local family orientated business support the work we are doing with bereaved children in Norfolk is wonderful. Last year we support 647 children and young people following the death of a significant person in their lives and are expected to have supported over 800 by the end of 2016. The support from the local community with ROY’s brilliant carrier bag scheme will mean we can reach even more people in Norfolk that need to access our service and help them move forward positively with their lives
- Miss Sarah hyde - Community Funding & Marketing Officer at nelson's Journey

The money raised from the Christmas shopping event will help to buy items such as Worry Eaters, small cuddly monsters with a zip for the mouth, children can write down or draw all their worries and zip them inside the worry eater’s mouth. Parents or guardians can then get a feel for the children’s worries and approach the subject in a sensitive way.

 


 

Roys of North Walsham donate £100 to North East Norfolk Scouts

 

Val Moss, Chair of 1st Holt scouts receiving a cheque on behalf of North East Norfolk District Scouts from staff and Tokia Razzel - manager - of North Walsham store
Val Moss, Chair of 1st Holt scouts receiving a cheque on behalf of North East Norfolk District Scouts from staff and Tokia Razzel - manager - of North Walsham store

Roys of North Walsham have donated £100 to North East Norfolk District Scouts which was presented as a cheque by staff in the North Walsham store to Val Moss, Chair of 1st Holt Scouts.

Roys were approached by Val as part of a recruitment drive North East Norfolk Scouts were planning in order to encourage young people aged between 6 and 18 to join the movement. The recruitment drive included taking equipment such as climbing walls to local country shows over the summer as examples of the activities scouting can provide to young people. NEN Scouts, which includes the scout groups of Aylsham, Buxton, Cromer, Holt, North Walsham, Salhouse, Stalham and many others provide a wide range of activities for their members, all of which are part of a vulnerable age group, often isolated and glued to a screen.

"In our part of the country we are in the enviable position of having the beach, the sea, the broads, open country, woodland and adults who are giving up hours of their own time to lead the way. By the same token much of NEN is rural, lacking in transport and has a high proportion of child poverty. We lack the facilities that are easily available to young people living in or near larger towns and cities. Scouting offers them an unbelievable range of opportunities; educational, physical and confidence building as well as independence and lifelong friendships." - Val moss, Chair 1st Holt Scouts

The £100 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

Roys Charity of the Year 2016/17 - Nelson's Journey

 

Ed Roy - Managing Director presenting a cheque of £14,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance fund raising team members

Roys are very please to announce that Nelson's Journey have been selected as our Charity of the Year for 2016/2017 and will receive all donations raised from the sale of 5p carrier bags.

We are absolutely thrilled that Roys of Wroxham are supporting us with the 5p carrier bag scheme and would like to extend our thanks to everyone in store and all of the shoppers over the coming months. Thank you for being part of something incredible, you are all helping bring back smiles to bereaved children in Norfolk.
- Miss Sarah hyde - Community Funding & Marketing Officer at nelson's Journey

Nelson's Journey offer their services to bereaved children and young children in Norfolk. They are experiencing a large increase in calls to support children and young people that have experienced death of a significant person in their life this year, with referral numbers expected to reach more than 800 by the end of 2016, an increase from 647 in 2015. The charity ensures that everyone that needs support, gets the help they need and it is down to the valuable contributions in the community that they are able to continue.

The charity was chosen from nominations by Roys 8 stores and Highway garden & Leisure. and will receive the money for all 5p carrier bags charges from these stores. It succeeds the East Anglian Air Ambulance as Roys Charity of the Year which received a grand total of £31,151.49 from Roys and Highway garden & Leisure in 2015 / 2016.

Roys, like other large retailers, have been required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every carrier bag used by a customer since 5th October 2015. Proceeds generated from sales of the bags will be given to good causes, as set out by Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs). It's all part of the government's drive to reduce waste.

 


 

Roys £14,000 Donation brings grand total raised for East Anglian Air Ambulance to over £31,000

 

Ed Roy - Managing Director presenting a cheque of £14,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance fund raising team members
Ed Roy - Managing Director presenting a cheque of £14,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance fund raising team members

Roys of Wroxham (ltd) are pleased to present the East Anglian Air Ambulance with a £14,000 cheque. The cheque was presented by Ed Roy - Managing Director to members of the EAAA's fund raising team on 28th October 2016 and brings the grand total raised by Roys to £31,151.49. The East Anglian Air Ambulance was chosen as Roys charity to receive all proceeds generated by 5p carrier bag sales from October 5th 2015 throughout their 8 Roys stores and Highway garden & Leisure. The East Anglian Air Ambulance are a 365 day a year life saving service working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The EAAA is a service that may be needed by anyone within East Anglia and has saved countless lives, Roys and Highway garden & Leisure are thankful to their customers for raising this money to help towards keeping the charity running. The charity does not receive any funding from the government and relies purely on donations and fundraising from the public. With each mission costing several thousands of pounds and equipment costing tens of thousands of pounds every penny helps to keep the service running.

 


 

Roys sponsor play equipment in South Walsham playground

 

One of South Walsham's youngest residents trying out the new balance beam
One of South Walsham's youngest residents trying out the new balance beam

Roys have donated £478 (the exact amount needed to provide a new balance beam) to South Walsham Village Hall & Parish Council who are working to refurbish the village playground for residents of South Walsham and surrounding villages. The project is aimed at improving safety, health and cohesion within the local community. The plan is to replace damaged and aging equipment with more modern and hard wearing equipment and to adapt the space to provide an area for adults to have picnics and meet. The playground, which is used daily by many residents, is at the centre of the community and helps bring residents together.

The £478 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

£250 donation to The Base Norwich

 

Photo: left to right: Joanne Symonds (Roys marketing Coordinator), Robert Eagleton (CEO The Base), Ed Roys (Roys Managing Director).
left to right: Joanne Symonds (Roys marketing Coordinator), Robert Eagleton (CEO The Base), Ed Roy (Roys Managing Director).

Roys presented Robert Eagleton, CEO of The Base Norwich with a £250 cheque. Roys were approached by Damon Pritchard from The Base asking for a donation to help with the renovation of the Youth Room which was in need of kitchen equipment to give children independence and to learn about healthy eating. The Base is a young people’s charity which is situated in Norwich, providing professional support to those aged 11-19. Their vision is for all young people to achieve their full potential, no matter what their circumstances. The Norwich area has a high number of vulnerable young people that need all kinds of support, from young carers to special education needs and everything in between, The Base encourages and supports all young people to engage in fun activities that enhance both their physical and emotional well-being, raising aspirations and confidence whilst complimenting their school lives.

The £250 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

New look and longer opening hours for Magdalen Street Post Office

 

Roys of Magdalen Street Post Office staff cutting the ribbon to open the refitted Post Office counter
Roys of Magdalen Street Post Office staff cutting the ribbon to open the refitted Post Office counter

The Post Office in Roys of Magdalen Street re-opened this week after a two week closure to complete an extensive refit. The revamp is part of a UK wide modernisation project by the Post Office encompassing 6,000 branches.

The Post Office counter in the store has been given a high-spec contemporary make over with an easier access open plan layout. The counter offers the majority of Post Office services, some of which are not available in smaller Post Offices, from travel and financial services to passports and postage. These services are highly valued by the local community and many customers queued in store for the 1pm re-opening.

The Post Office is now open earlier in the morning and later in the evening than it was before, now open 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. No services have been lost, with the counter still offering its passport check and send service, road tax, and bureau de change stocking 15-20 currencies and next working day delivery on other currencies.

 


 

Roys donate £200 to Broadland Youth Choir

 

Broadland Youth Choir performing for the first time in their new uniforms at Lighthouse Church, Sheringham on June 11th 2016
Broadland Youth Choir performing for the first time in their new uniforms at Lighthouse Church, Sheringham on June 11th 2016

Roys have donated £200 to Broadland Youth Choir to help fund the choirs new uniforms. The choir, whose members range in age from 7 to 18 years old, is one of the most highly regarded youth choirs in Britain and rehearses at Salhouse village hall.

They wore their new uniforms for the first time on Saturday 11th June in a performance at the Lighthouse Church in Sheringham. The summer concert also featured the tenor Sean Chriscoe and Classical Reflection, contestants from BBC's the Voice in 2015.

The £200 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

Roys donate £100 to Fairhaven CE VA Primary School

 

Paul Roy, Buying & Marketing Director presenting a cheque to Head teacher Janice Dix in front of the pond and students from the school
Paul Roy, Buying & Marketing Director presenting a cheque to Head teacher Janice Dix in front of the pond and students from the school

Roys have donated £100 to Fairhaven primary School in South Walsham from their Making a Difference Locally Fund. Roys received several letters from students from the years 5/6 and class teacher David Muff requesting support from the local community to help replace the butyl pond liner which had perished along with the former pond in the school’s wildlife garden.

“We love wildlife and we are next to Fairhaven Water Gardens. It is full of wildlife, flowers and plants so we are devastated to see our pond destroyed, it is a centre of attention in our garden” - Daniel, student at Fairhaven Primary
“We have a wonderful pond, which is the heart and soul of our garden. Unfortunately the liner has perished leaving bugs homeless, plants waterless and every bug, newt and frog fighting to survive.” - Owen, student at Fairhaven Primary
“The children in school usually love going into the wildlife garden and the pond is the main attraction” - Flo, student at Fairhaven Primary

The school makes use of the wildlife garden as part of the science curriculum for studying life cycles, growing flowers and vegetables, pond dipping and studying insects and the pond has been a key part of this since it’s introduction 20 years ago. Unfortunately time had taken it’s toll on the existing liner which has perished allowing much of the pond to drain.

The £100 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

Roys donate £200 to Norfolk and Waveney MND association

 

Ed Roy (managing Director) and Karen Grapes (Roys Dereham store manager) presenting a cheque to Malcolm Chubbock (Chairman of the local MND branch)
Ed Roy (managing Director) and Karen Grapes (Roys Dereham store manager) presenting a cheque to Malcolm Chubbock (Chairman of the local MND branch)

Roys have donated £200 to Norfolk and Waveney MND association from their Making a Difference Locally Fund. Roys of Dereham store manager Karen Grapes approached Roys to help her raise money for the MND Association after losing a friend to Motor Neurone Disease. Karen trained for the marathon, running a staggering 450 miles in preparation! Karen completed the marathon in just over 4 hours and 20 minutes!

Money raised by the Norfolk and Waveney MND association is spent on well needed research into the disease and help and support for people with the disease.

The £200 donation is taken from Roys Making a Difference Locally fund (MADL) which is money raised through the sale of Heritage and branded grocery products throughout Roys 8 stores. The money is donated to good causes and projects run by charities in the local community.

 


 

Roys donate £4,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance

 

Roys Staff presenting a cheque of £4000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance
Roys Staff presenting a cheque of £4000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance

On 9th June several members of staff from Roys of Bowthorpe had the pleasure of visiting the East Anglian Air Ambulance hangar at Norwich airport. Roys staff received a great reception from the EAAA team, enjoying a tour of the hangar and the helicopter, learning all about the life saving equipment needed. It was clear what a close team the EAAA was and how grateful they are for all donations they receive. The charity does not receive any funding from the government and relies purely on donations and fundraising from the public. With each mission costing several thousands of pounds and equipment costing tens of thousands of pounds every penny helps to keep the service running.

Roys staff presented the EAAA with £4000 on the visit, this is money raised by the sale of 5p plastic carrier bags in Roys 8 stores. The 5p carrier bag charge came into place in October with the staff nominating the EAAA as their chosen charity to receive the money raised. Over the 8 months from October Roys and Highway Garden and Leisure customers have raised over £15,000 for the charity.

The EAAA is a service that may be needed by anyone within East Anglia and has saved countless lives, Roys and Highway Garden and Leisure are thankful to their customers for raising this money to help towards keeping the charity running.

 

 


 

New & Improved Bakery at Roys of Magdalen Street

 

NEW & IMPROVED ROYS OF MAGDALEN STREET BAKERY

The new look Roys Bakery in the Magdalen Street store, with over 30 new products

 

Roys of Magdalen Street now has a new & improved bakery with lots of new products. The new department, now at the front of the store instead of the rear has been given a dramatic facelift more fitting for the high quality Roys Bakery products it contains. The largely extended range of products now sits in 6 bays instead of the previous 3 and contains over 30 new products including a range of fruit pies, baked confections, Victoria sponge cake, extended baguette range and high bran breads. Everything is freshly baked daily in our Wroxham bakery by our experienced bakers, all made using the finest ingredients and bursting with texture and flavour. Roys has a long history of baking stretching back to 1920 and is proud that this tradition can continue and flourish into the future.

Extended ranges of Free From foods and a larger range of Polish & Caribbean foods have also been introduced in place of the old bakery department.

 

 


 

Roys donate £7000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance

 

ED ROY PRESENTS CHEQUE TO EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE

Ed Roy - Managing Director presents a cheque of £7000 to Sophie Emmanuel - North Norfolk Fundraising Officer for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

 

Roys of Wroxham (ltd) were pleased to present the East Anglian Air Ambulance with a £7000 cheque. The cheque was presented by Ed Roy- Managing Director to Sophie Emmanuel- North Norfolk Fundraising Officer for the EAAA on Wednesday 10th February.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance was chosen as Roys charity to receive all proceeds generated by 5p carrier bag sales from October 5th 2015 throughout their 8 Roys stores and Highway Garden and Leisure. The East Anglian Air Ambulance are a 365 day a year life saving service working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.


EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE NEW HELICOPTER

The new H145 helicopter, due to be introduced next month

 

The EAAA will be introducing a new larger helicopter within the next month to the Norwich base. The new H145 helicopter is currently being used from the Cambridge base and because of its size can hold more vital lifesaving equipment along with more crew members. A dual pilot team will free up the Critical Care Paramedic to assist the doctor. It will also have room to take up to 3 crew members as well as the patient. The new helicopter will also be faster, enabling the crew to reach a patient quicker and get them to a specialist hospital. The new helicopter will cost £3500 per mission.

Ed Roy commented "The EAAA is a charity that could be a potential life saver to anyone within East Anglia and I am very pleased that we could donate £7000 to such a good cause. I would like to thank Roys customers for supporting the charity by way of purchasing carrier bags at the Roys stores and Highway Garden and Leisure."


Further £100 donated to EAAA on behalf of 222 Broadland air cadets squadron

The 222 Air Cadets visited Roys of Wroxham on 19th December to raise money by means of bag packing for the group to be able to ensure young people from all backgrounds can participate in a range of squadron activities. The Air Cadets kindly donated £100 to Roys to give to a charity of their choice and Roys nominated the EAAA. A fitting charity for the Air Cadets to donate to. Ed Roy commented “Roys would like to thank the 222 Air Cadets for their donation, also we would like to thank customers for supporting the Air Cadets when they visit the store.”

 

 


 

Reindeer Visit Roys

 

REINDEER VISIT ROYS

Santa's Reindeer have taken a days rest out of their pre-Christmas training to visit Roys of Wroxham on Tuesday 2nd December.

 


 

Christmas Jumper Day

 

Friday 18th December is Christmas Jumper Day and the staff in our Wroxham stores and office were happy to pull on a festive knit to help raise money for charity. Money raised will go to Text Santa, ITV's annual fundraising appeal that this year is distributing 100% of the funds raised equally amongst Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK, and Save the Children, going directly to support vital work both in the UK and abroad.

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY 2015

 


 

Children in Need

 

On Friday 13th November the staff in our Wroxham stores dressed up as their heroes to help raise money for Children in Need. With the help of donations from customers and staff a grand total of £536.31 was raised.

Children in Need

 

 


 

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING

 

Roys Christmas Shopping Evening was held on Wednesday 4th November as a special event for pre-registered guests to get into the Christmas spirit and some great deals too! On arrival guests received a complimentary drink, goody bag and a spread of Christmas treats to help get into the festive mood.

A number of representatives from big brands were in store for shoppers to meet and ask advice about some of their favourite products as well as demonstrations of some too. Christine Wallace from the Great British Bake Off was demonstrating Christmas icing techniques on gingerbread men and shortbread angels, and customers also had a go too and representatives from Swift decorations demonstrated how to decorate garlands with ribbons and other decorations.

The culmination of the evening was the charity raffle, raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Over £1000 pounds worth of prizes were available to be won and there were many happy winners.

 

 

 


 

WEAR IT PINK EVENT

 

Roys Wear It Pink Event was held on Friday 23rd October to raise money for the Breast Cancer Now charity. The event included a number of special offers for that day only, a live jazz quartet, expert fitters from several well known brands, a raffle, games, and cake sale. Roys of Wroxham raised £996.39 for the charity Breast Cancer Now and everyone had a great day.

 

 

 


 

Norwich Food Bank

 

Roys of Wroxham have recently donated 160 bottles of shampoo to Norwich Food Bank after being approached by Hannah Worsley- Project Manager.

Norwich foodbank supports local individuals and families who find themselves on the edge of disaster through the provision of emergency food supplies. These supplies take the form of nutritionally balanced emergency foodboxes to cover an individual or family’s basic needs for 72 hours: the critical time gap before the Social Services safety net “kicks in.” Other products such as toiletries can give the recipient extra confidence and a higher sense of well being.

Norwich Food Bank

Joanne Symonds- Marketing Coordinator and Kirstie Samwell- Health and Beauty Buyer with a shopping trolley full of shampoo being donated to the Norwich Food Bank.

 

 


 

Carrier Bag Charging

 

On Monday 5th October 2015 carrier bag charging began in England, similar to the charging already in place in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.

Roys, like other large retailers, are now required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every carrier bag used by a customer. Proceeds generated from sales of the bags will be given to good causes, as set out by Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs). It's all part of the government's drive to reduce waste.

Roys is pleased to announce that all proceeds generated by 5p carrier bag sales will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance team are a 365 day-a-year lifesaving service working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Since the charity launch in 2000, the dedicated, highly skilled medical crews on their specially equipped helicopters have helped to save the lives of hundreds of people unfortunate enough to be involved in accidents or medical emergencies available in this region.

 Air Ambulance

You can find more information about the East Anglian Air Ambulance service at www.eaaa.org.uk