Wymondham charity Star Throwers set to open new shop to fund future plans

15:26 29 May 2012

Staff and fundraisers outside the Star Throwers Wymondham centre. The charity is set to open its first shop in Wymondham

Staff and fundraisers outside the Star Throwers Wymondham centre. The charity is set to open its first shop in Wymondham


A Norfolk charity that specialises in supporting cancer patients is set to open a shop for the first time to provide income for potential future expansion plans.

Star Throwers, in Melton Road, Wymondham is hoping to open a shop in the RSPCA store premises in Middleton Street, Wymondham in August as the animal welfare charity is set to move to the former A G Proctor and Son premises in Church Street.

The charity’s co-ordinator Tina Martins said opening the shop would provide the charity with a more stable financial platform on which to build as the staff and volunteers currently rely on donations from generous fundraisers.

She said the potential extra revenue would enable the charity to raise more awareness of its work advising and supporting people who have, or at risk of developing, cancer.

However, the money could help fund a major expansion of Star Throwers main Melton Road centre, including potentially a new ward where patients can receive treatments they would not be able to receive elsewhere without paying high prices.

Steven Ho, the centre’s manager, praised and thanked fundraisers who had enabled the centre to carry on providing specialist treatments and therapies.

He said: “We have just been really lucky that we have had so many good supporters over the years to keep this place going and helping with fundraising donations.

“Opening this shop is about having a sustainable future and will enable us to look further forward. We know we will still be here in five years and we can now plan ahead for the future.”

Dr Henry Mannings, the founder of Star Throwers and a doctor at the centre, echoed Mr Ho’s sentiments, adding: “Local people have supported us immensely both through their input and through fundraising events and we are exceptionally grateful.”

The centre is designed to make visitors feel at home and has a lounge with a fireplace and a bedroom and treatment room where people can receive massages, therapies and other treatments, such as immunotherapy which is designed to treat the cancer by stimulating an immune response.

There is also a garden area with decking where visitors can wander while receiving treatment or advice.

Currently, the centre caters for day patients, though the ward could enable patients to stay in at the facility.

The Middleton Street premises is owned by prolific Star Throwers fundraiser Les King.

He said: “It is a very good charity caring for people affected by cancer and it is the least that I can do to help Star Throwers start the charity shop.”

The charity is named after a parable about a boy throwing starfish into the sea, who is approached by a man who says “there are too many of them, it won’t make any difference,” to which the boy replies “it made a difference to that one.”

1 comment

  • how many charity shops exist in WYMONDHAM?

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Other news

Yesterday, 08:30
Astronaut Tim Peak launched the Rocket Sciene project. Picture: PA.

In September, 2kg of seeds were flown to the International Space Station to spend several months in microgravity.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Special service held at St Margaret's Church, Lowestoft to mark the 75th anniversary of RAF Air Cadets. Six local squadrons; 469 Lowestoft Squadron, 221 Great Yarmouth Squadron, 759 Beccles Squadron, 1070 Diss Squadron, 1986 Wymondham Squadron and 2356 Caister Squadron in attendance.

Picture: James Bass

The ATC, which is affiliated to the Royal Air Force, was the first of its type in the world when it was formed on February 5, 1941.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Pulham Primary School are having a new extension built. Pictured is the area the new classroom will be built.

A south Norfolk primary school has been granted planning permission to build a new reception class area.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A £5 deduction for a security key fob has pushed a Norwich firm onto the government’s “name and shame” list of national minimum wage offenders.

Most Read

Monday, February 1, 2016
Damien Matthews recently went to Calais with a group helping to provide shelters for refugees.

As a father of three children Damien Matthews knew he had to act after he was shocked by the photograph of a dead Syrian child being washed up on a Turkish beach.

Read more
Friday, July 24, 2015
Kevin Frazer, of Eaton, runs a blog reviewing cafes on his cycling trips. Pictured at The Art Cafe, Glandford.

He has a passion for two-wheeled adventures and a sweet tooth. He is a man on a mission. Meet East Anglia’s Cake Crusader!

Read more
Friday, January 15, 2016

A woman suffered serious injuries after a car and lorry crashed on the A140 at Yaxley near Eye, yesterday evening.

Read more
Friday, January 15, 2016
Fancy dress fundraising event at Forncett Village Hall

Village groups have been applying in their numbers for a slice of the EDP’s Community Chest funds and Forncett Village Hall near Long Stratton is one of them.

Read more
Norfolk Community Foundation
Friday, February 5, 2016
Dennis Cross from Diss has spent most of his life collecting postcards depicting scenes from the town and surrounding villages.

He’s been collecting postcards since 1973 and cannot put a number on how many he has. But Dennis Cross is not thinking of bringing a halt to his collecting yet.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 1°C


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition