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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 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.”

 


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