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Cooking up a tasty way to raise vital funds

Members of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) youth council have cooked up a tasty way to raise vital charity funds after preparing a healthy lunch to take them one step closer to a life-changing trip to Canada.

The young people invited NSFT staff to join them during lunchtime on 1 October for a wholesome, home-cooked meal of salads, vegetable chilli, chicken casserole and pasta and beans. Everyone who attended the fundraiser, at 80 St Stephen’s in Norwich, was asked to make a minimum donation of £5, with the event raising well over £500.

During the event, Emma Corlett, who is a devout Ipswich Town fan and Young People’s Participation Lead with NSFT, made the ultimate sacrifice by swapping shirts with youth council member Meg Teviotdale, a season ticket holder at arch-rivals Norwich City.

The duo will be boosting their fundraising still further by auctioning a signed Norwich City shirt and four tickets to the Ipswich v Wolves game, which takes place on 21 November.

The lunch was supported by Dozen Bakery, which donated bread for the lunch, and Tesco Express on Grove Road, who donated all of the ingredients and even sent staff along to help wash up afterwards.

The money will go towards the youth council’s ongoing drive to raise £38,000 so they can attend the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) conference in Canada later this month. The 12-strong group have been invited to share their experiences of mental ill health by presenting at the event, and will then visiting other youth projects in Canada and bringing back new ideas for further improving services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

“We were really pleased that so many colleagues came along and enjoyed a healthy lunch while helping us to raise vital funds for this life-changing trip,” said Emma.

“The young people have really embraced this fundraising project. They’ve organised a whole raft of events, including car washes, quizzes, sponsored events and cake sales, and have really thrown themselves into the campaign and worked well as a team.

“They should be really proud of the way they have worked together as a team and to raise such a fantastic sum of money.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the youth council’s ongoing fundraising campaign can visit  

For the chance to win the Norwich shirt or Ipswich tickets, send your bid to by 18 October.​