We are delighted to announce the winners of our photo competition celebrating the vital work of small charities and groups in our local communities.

Norfolk Day is the perfect time to highlight the work of these inspirational community and voluntary groups, which are often small in size but big in impact, many of whom who have stepped up during the Covid-19 crisis to support some of the most vulnerable in our county. Norfolk Community Foundation is proud to support a network of over 2,000 such groups, with its work touching 1 in 4 people locally, and directing support to where it is most needed. This could include tackling isolation, providing support to vulnerable families and individuals, and supporting local organisations tackling mental health and wellbeing.

Norfolk Community Foundation received many photos illustrating the amazing work that local groups have been doing to benefit their communities at a time when their need has never been greater as a result of Covid-19. The winners have now been announced to celebrate their work this Norfolk Day.

The winning image: Scotty’s Little Soldiers

This years’ winning image comes from Scotty’s Little Soldiers, who provide relief from the effects of bereavement to children and young people who have suffered the loss of a parent who served in the British Forces (including reserves).

The photo was taken to promote Scotty’s Virtual Festival – a fun filled virtual festival that put smiles on the faces of bereaved Forces children and young people when lots of other activities couldn’t go ahead. (Photo credit: Your Local Paper/Ian Burt)

Many congratulations to Scotty’s Little Soldiers who receive £500 to support their important work.

Second place winner: Norfolk Accident & Rescue Service

Norfolk Accident & Rescue Service (NARS), wins a very deserving second place in the competition, receiving £300. NARS provides critical care clinicians who volunteer their services to give specialised medical assistance at major trauma incidents, such as road traffic collisions, industrial and farm accidents, falls from height and serious medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest. They have been saving lives in Norfolk for around 50 years.

Their winning photo shows the NARS team and just some of their lifesaving equipment.

Third place winner: Thornage Hall Independent Living

Thornage Hall wins third place, receiving £200. The rural North Norfolk based charity provides supported living, learning and working for adults with learning disabilities. Alongside supported accommodation, the charity runs a biodynamic farm which produces food for those living on the estate, as well as local sales, and provides a range of craft, IT and artistic activities for those taking part.

The photo shows the Garden team with some of the first harvested Rainbow Chard. (Photo credit: Georgie Allpress)

Claire Cullens, CEO of Norfolk Community Foundation, said: “Congratulations to our competition winners and their images which highlight just some of the inspirational work we’re proud to support in Norfolk. Our local charities and voluntary groups have been a life-line for many during the Covid-19 pandemic and we were delighted to continue our annual celebration as part of Norfolk Day to help thank these inspirational organisations for everything they do to make Norfolk shine brighter.”