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Dailies to give away £125,000 in Comic Relief bonanza

Two regional dailies are set to give away at total of £125,000 to deserving community groups as part of a charity project.

Archant-owned titles the Norwich Evening News and Ipswich-base East Anglian Daily Times have joined forces with Comic Relief to raise the cash.

The NEN will donate £50,000 to social clubs, children’s groups, churches, theatre companies or charities across the city, while the EADT will give £75,000 to organisations in Suffolk and North East Essex.

Tim Williams, Norwich Evening News managing editor, will be part of a panel which will decide which groups receive the funds.

Tim, pictured left, said: “The community cash initiative is brilliant news for people in Norwich.

“Once again, thanks to the support of Comic Relief, more than 50 groups and organisations will benefit from grants of up to £1,000 and I am sure it will make a difference to people throughout our community.

“Every day, the pages of our newspaper carry articles about groups which improve people’s lives and strengthen community spirit, and now they can get some extra support they need.

“Last year, more than 50 organisations were given funds to continue doing their great work. We are delighted we can once again help here in Norwich.”

Last year the EADT helped organisations such as centres providing educational activities in safe environments for vulnerable young children, support groups for victims of domestic violence and a horse riding centre for disabled people receive funding boosts.

Editor Terry Hunt said: “We are delighted that Comic Relief has chosen us as partners and we look forward to being able to help dozens of very deserving local groups in the coming months.”