Search

FREE GoGoDragon! stickers in today's EDP and Evening News!

Click here

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

Archant

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

    bookworm

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Other news

Mike and Lesley Bowen have collected hundreds of pairs of shoes for their 'Try Walking In My Shoes' shoe sale. raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care. The shoes are being stored by Coleman Removals in Diss who are also sponsoring the event. Philip Coleman (Middle), a Partner at Coleman Removals is pictured with Mike (L) and Lesley (R)

A thousand pairs of boots, sandals, flip-flops, platforms and brogues in all sizes, colours and shapes will be on sale in Diss Methodist Church on Saturday in aid of Bury St Edmunds-based St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Mon, 10:58
Children from St Mary's School in Long Stratton try out their new trampoline donated by the local Lions branch.

Well-behaved pupils at a Norfolk primary have an extra bounce in their lunchtime steps thanks to an unusual addition to their play area.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Armed Forces Day in Diss, 2015
1070 Diss Squadron Air Training Corp.
L-r  back: Cadet Max Wheeler, Cadet Leo Cairns, Flt Lt Mike Spraggons
Seated: Cadet James Bevan.

The market place in Diss was turned into a tribute to the nation’s armed service personnel past and present.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Police are investigating three burglaries

Police are linking three burglaries that happened in Diss and Tibenham between Wednesday and Thursday.

Most Read

Mike and Lesley Bowen have collected hundreds of pairs of shoes for their 'Try Walking In My Shoes' shoe sale. raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care. The shoes are being stored by Coleman Removals in Diss who are also sponsoring the event. Philip Coleman (Middle), a Partner at Coleman Removals is pictured with Mike (L) and Lesley (R)

A thousand pairs of boots, sandals, flip-flops, platforms and brogues in all sizes, colours and shapes will be on sale in Diss Methodist Church on Saturday in aid of Bury St Edmunds-based St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Read more
Diss
Yesterday, 09:57
Lisa Borrett who was born with cerebral palsy is being helped to walk with the help of BWell gym trainer Paul Brice.

A woman born with cerebral palsy is walking for the first time thanks to a Great Yarmouth gym.

Read more
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Armed Forces Day in Diss, 2015
1070 Diss Squadron Air Training Corp.
L-r  back: Cadet Max Wheeler, Cadet Leo Cairns, Flt Lt Mike Spraggons
Seated: Cadet James Bevan.

The market place in Diss was turned into a tribute to the nation’s armed service personnel past and present.

Read more
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
3foot chinese lantern

A cattle farmer has expressed his anger over the use of Chinese lanterns after he found one in his field.

Read more
Harleston
Friday, August 29, 2014
The boarded up site of the former Diss Co-Op in Mere Street, which is set to become an Aldi store

A date has been set for the opening of a new Aldi store at the site of a town’s former Co-Operative supermarket.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 29°C

min temp: 19°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition