Charitable giving is an important aspect of the network. Each year, members select a charity or number of charities to support through membership subscriptions, monthly lunches and other events throughout the year.


Our charity of the year for 2024 is the Norfolk Reading Project.

Norfolk Reading Project are a  local charity whose aim is to support teachers in improving literacy standards across Norfolk.

They do this by providing trained volunteers to support children’s reading on a one-to-one basis within Primary Schools. This is completely free of charge for schools.

Volunteers are given an understanding of the importance of phonics in learning to read, in line with the emphasis placed on this in the New National Curriculum. This focus on phonics is particularly welcomed by teachers as it supports rather than conflicts with their class teaching. The charity was started in 2015 in response to increasing concern about reading standards across the county and the impact this has on future prospects. In the last few years they have trained over 400 volunteers and are supporting more than 50 schools throughout the county.

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Our charity of the year for 2023 is Sue Lambert Trust.

Sue Lambert Trust is a Norfolk charity providing a kind, safe, non-judgmental, and supportive range of services for people who have experienced sexual abuse, sexual assault or sexual violence.

Anyone can self-refer to us and start the process of healing, rebuilding, and recovering.

Making the decision to find out more information about the support we provide is significant and courageous step to take.

At Sue Lambert Trust we have been supporting people for more than 40 years. Our team listen, care, and give people space and the professional support they need to begin healing.

Sue Lambert Trust


Our charity of the year for 2022 is Little Lifts.

Every year approximately 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, making it the most common cancer. There are 36,000 women living with secondary (incurable) breast cancer. Approximately 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

LitteLifts are on a mission to support them by offering a littlelifts box at the beginning of their chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment. They do this by working directly with hospitals in East Anglia ( Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, James Paget University Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (King’s Lynn), Ipswich Hospital, West Suffolk Hospital and Colchester Hospital), where boxes are given out to patients during treatment planning or review meetings with their Oncology, Radiotherapy or Breast Care Teams.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have received a surge in requests from breast cancer patients outside Norfolk and Suffolk enquiring how they can receive a littlelifts box. They have recently launched The little Kindness Fund. The little Kindness Fund is a discretionary fund for women and men undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment for primary or secondary breast cancer, living in England and Wales. The fund enables eligible applicants to receive a littlelifts box, free of charge, to support their emotional wellbeing and support them through their cancer treatment.

Little Lift Breast cancer charity.

2020 & 2021

In 2020, our members voted to support two local charities: Priscilla Bacon Hospice and Leeway. Due to Covid-19, we unfortunately were not been able to organise as many events and opportunities to raise money for the charities during 2020. We therefore decided to also support Priscilla Bacon Hospice and Leeway as our Charities of the Year for 2021.  Through the generous donations of our members, we were delighted to be able to make a donation of £3,000 to each of these worthy causes across the two years.

Priscilla Bacon Hospice

Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich is the existing hospice, which delivers specialist end-of-life care for Norfolk. The Lodge was built 40 years ago, following a county-wide fundraising appeal. Despite its achievements, it is now inadequate both in scale and configuration.

Therefore, a new charity, Priscilla Bacon Hospice, has been created. They have launched a campaign to raise £12.5 million to build a new hospice with 24 inpatient beds which will replace the Lodge.

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Established in 1974, Leeway is an independent charity providing support to adults, young people and children who are experiencing domestic abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk. This charity not only supports women and their families but does amazing work in their outreach programmes in schools to teach children the signs of domestic abuse at an early age, or how to cope with domestic abuse in their family.

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Our charity of the year for 2019 was Together for Women and Girls.

12472_KiteMark_TogetherForWomen_RGBTogether for Women and Girls brings together people who care about making a difference and improving the lives of women and girls in Norfolk. The movement, launched by Norfolk Community Foundation in 2018, aims to challenge inequality, abuse, exploitation and disadvantage in the home, the workplace and our wider communities.

By raising funds, as well as harnessing the time and expertise of those who join Together for Women and Girls, Norfolk Community Foundation is shaping a programme to tackle the issues faced by women and girls today.

More about Together for Women and Girls:

Through the generosity of our members we were able to raise a total of £8,000 in 2019. This donation was split by the Together for Women and Girls fund and donated to the following charities:

  • Musical Keys: £2,000
  • Henderson Trust: £2,000
  • Hebron Trust: £2,000
  • Headway Norfolk & Waveney: £2,000



Over the last two years, members have worked closely with Norfolk Community Foundation as their ‘charity of the year’, establishing a small community fund with a focus of supporting charitable groups in the Norwich (and greater Norwich) area. There has previously been a focus around improving the mental health and wellbeing of local people and help for carers and the people they care for to lead a full and active life connected to their local community.  Seventeen organisations have received grants of up to £2,000 since the fund was established.

The members have agreed that they would like to continue this collaboration in 2018, with the aim of funding more community based organisations in Norfolk that are playing a vital role in the support and provision of services, to people of all ages needing support.

This year the network has raised a grand total of £9,350.

The funds raised will go to help 5 local charities via the Norfolk Community Foundation  (

  • Home Start Norfolk
  • East Norwich Youth Project
  • Norfolk Family Mediation
  • Eating Matters
  • Norfolk SEN Network


In 2017, members voted to continue working in partnership with Norfolk Community Foundation and support ‘Communities that Care’, a new match funding initiative that will fund projects that help people to live in their homes longer and independently as well as supporting and providing respite and activities for carers of all ages to provide a break from their caring responsibilities.

Thanks to the Norfolk Community Foundation and their match funding programme, this year we were able to award grants totalling £11,200, raised by our network’s fundraising activities throughout 2017.

This year’s focus was on ‘Communities that Care’, and the charities we supported through the NCF programme were:

  • ADHD Norfolk
  • Community Action Norwich
  • Connects and Co Young Carers
  • Norfolk Carers Support
  • Sprowston Day Centre
  • The Norwich Centre

You can read more detail about the charities and their projects by clicking here.

NBWN has now raised almost £100,000 in charity donations since the network began (total raised to date £96,561.20). A huge thank you to all our members, guests and speakers for their kind generosity and continued support over the years!


In 2016, the majority of members voted to continue with a community fund, whereby a number of different projects were supported with a grant of up to £2,000 each , delivered as grants through Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF). 

Thanks to the Foundation and their ‘Mental Health & Wellbeing’ match funding programme, whereby the money raised was matched 2:1, we were able to award grants totalling £13,500 to the following charities and community groups to support projects that are specifically aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of local people:

  • The Benjamin Foundation
  • Headway Norfolk and Waveney
  • The Henderson Trust
  • Mancroft Advice Project
  • Norfolk Community Law Service
  • Norwich Family Contact Centre
  • The Garage

You can read more detail about the charities and their projects by clicking here>>>

To view the different charities that we have supported since we first established the network by clicking here>>>