During the latter months of 2016, residents of Old Buckenham in Norfolk had been raising money to help with the building of more accommodation to be used by the St Martins Trust in Norwich to care for those who find themselves homeless.
So early on the morning of Saturday 28 January many of those involved in raising the money found themselves at Route 11 on the outskirts of Attleborough for the ceremonial handing over of the results of their efforts.
Wally Webb of BBC Radio Norfolk was on hand to do some interviewing and the Bishop of Norwich (who had done his session of bucket collecting outside a local supermarket in December) spoke about the problems of homelessness.
Three cheques were handed over to Derek Player of St Martins. The major one was for over £29,000 pounds and a further £1004 came from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and £477 had been collected at the candlelit carol service at All Saints, Old Buckenham, on Christmas Eve.
The total sum raised was a staggering £31,253.42.
Many thanks are due to the staff of Route 11 for opening up early, hosting the event and providing refreshments.
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