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Kids Make their Mark on

Gingerbread Launch Day 


A Giant gingerbread man got a make over on Saturday at the hands of children throughout Norfolk to launch Norwich & Norfolk Gingerbread – a new charity for one parent families. 

Babies to teenagers from Caister, Wymondham, Eaton, Hethersett, Deopham, Bowthorpe, Rockland St Mary, Fleggburgh, Norwich and Great Yarmouth, all put their hand prints on the six foot gingerbread man with giant hand-made pompom buttons to create the charity’s mascot. 

“It was a fantastic first day”, said the charity’s chairperson, Julie Briggs.  “Children from seven-months-old to 15 all joined in to make the Gingerbread mascot and they did a brilliant job. 

“Parents enjoyed each other’s company and share their experiences.  And the survey we gave out revealed that, so far, we are on the right track with weekly meetings, monthly fun days away, parent nights out and an annual holiday.” 

The charity will continue to hold family days at Clover Hill Village Hall every Saturday except the last one of the month, when there will be a family fun day organised on Sunday.  The Saturday family days are 2pm to 4pm and entry is £2 per family. 

The picture shows (from left to right) Ellie, Jake and Jake carrying the new Gingerbread man mascot decorated by children from all over the county.

Notes to Editors:  following police advice we haven’t disclosed the surnames of the children in the picture.  

For further information contact Julie Briggs on 01603 810609 or 07753 822 050

National Statistics 

The average age of a lone parent is 36 

Only 2 per cent of lone parents are teenagers