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Charity fundraiser keeping lifeboat afloat with huge homespun jumble sales

Sue Weaver is one of the Pride of Britain nominees for the east of the Anglia region.

Sue Weaver is from Hemsby in Norfolk where is is well known in the community, not just as a shoulder to lean on, but as the organiser of a very busy and lucrative bring and buy sale.

Sue has been nominated for a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year Award.

Over the years it is estimated that Sue has raised £40,000 for the Hemsby lifeboat.

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A steady stream of people trickles through Sue Weaver's gates all day, every day. She is never shut for business.

Sue Weaver's home is a one stop shop for unwanted goods and wanted items.

Sue also provides a free school uniform exchange but every single penny she makes on other items goes to Hemsby lifeboat.

Hemsby is an independent lifeboat crew dependent on donations and called out not just for sea rescues but cliff landslides too.

Sue Weaver with some of the unwanted goods she manages to sell for charity. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a bit like a conveyor belt, you can't get off it.

"All this stuff would end up in the tip. People would put it into a tip and it's perfectly functional things that can be used for the community.

– Sue Weaver, Pride of Britain nominee
It is estimated that Sue has raised £40,000 for the Hemsby lifeboat. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Sue's dedication to the community is even more remarkable given her other commitments.

She has been a foster parent for 30 years and has her own children and grandchildren.

"Every pound we gets could save a life and Sue has been amazing.

"We've worked out it's probably around £40,000. We've managed to buy a new boat and all the money Sue has raised has gone towards that."

– Daniel Hurd, Coxswain, Hemsby lifeboat
  • Sue Weaver is one of four contenders from the east of the ITV News Anglia region shortlisted for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. One will be selected to represent the region.

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