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Queen donates to Age UK Norfolk

The Queen has made a donation to Age UK Norfolk from the Privy Purse Charitable Trust.

The charity will use the money to support older people in the county at a time when the population of Norfolk is increasingly ageing and the need for its services is growing.

Hilary MacDonald, Age UK Norfolk chief executive, said: "We are thrilled that once again the services that Age UK Norfolk provides throughout the county to support older people has received such recognition.

Cookery course for over 55's extended

Cookery course extended

A scheme which offers cookery lessons to men over 55 has been so popular it is to be extended.

Kitchen Kings helps men who may not have previously spent any time cooking, but are now taking an interest in food.

The course was started earlier this year by Age UK Norfolk and The Joy Of Food. They wanted to help men who may have become carers for their partners or who were widowers and now needed to be useful in the kitchen.

To find out more or to sign up for the course contact Maddie Handsley on 01603 785252 or email


Age UK launch mentoring scheme

Community mentors will be recruited to help older people retain their independence for longer.

The Volunteer Mentor Programme from Age UK Norfolk has won £49,853 from Norfolk County Council's Living Well In The Community Fund.

The programme will see Age UK Norfolk working with communities to find different ways to support older people who live in west Norfolk.

The hope is the mentors will make it possible for older people to maintain their independence for longer and improve their quality of life.

To volunteer with the project as a mentor or to find out more as a community group, call Eamon McGrath on 01603 785222 or email

Big Knit to make mini-hats for charity

A Norfolk charity wants knitters to make tiny woolly hats for drinks bottles as part of a fundraising project which will help keep older people warmer in winter.

Age UK Norfolk wants people to create the miniature hats for The Big Knit 2012.

The event will see Innocent smoothie bottles in Sainsbury's stores wearing the hats from November 21

For each hat-wearing smoothie sold, 25p will be donated to Age UK's Spread The Warmth campaign. A share of the money will be given to Age UK Norfolk based on the number of hats it provides.

Knitting patterns are free and are suitable for knitters of all abilities. They are available from