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Flying high with Big C

 A handful of brave souls will be launching our new appeal  with a special leap of faith next month.
 
Big C is launching its Closer to You appeal in style - with a skydive at Beccles Airfield on 9 September.
 
The Big Jump will see a group of daredevils jumping out of a plane to raise money for the appeal, which will fund support centres for cancer patients across Norfolk and Waveney.
 
 And Diane Northway, 47, community fundraiser for Big C, is taking the plunge herself - joined by her daughter Rachel, 24.
 
Diane said: “I have wanted to take part in one of Big C’s challenges for some time and this was the one I decided on – mainly because it terrified me.
 
“It’s a personal challenge - I can’t ask my fundraisers to do something I wouldn’t do myself, no matter how scared I am, so I’m going to be jumping out of a plane with all the rest of them.”
 
To sponsor Diane, either pop into the Big C offices at 10a Castle Meadow, Norwich, or give online at www.doitforcharity.com/dianen
 
The new drop-in centres are versions of the successful Big C Cancer Support and Information Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
 
They are designed to allow people who might find it difficult to get to the centre at the hospital to access help and support easily.
 
The first, in Great Yarmouth, is due to open in mid September. It is on the floor above the current Big C shop at 33 Regent Street. It will give cancer patients somewhere to sit and rest, share concerns and problems, and access support, information and advice.
 
Services will include counselling, family therapy, welfare advice, complementary therapies, and information including “ask the nurse” sessions. Healthy eating advice, including the best way to prepare food and cooking healthily, will also be available in the centre’s new kitchen facilities.
 
The centre will be open for patients to call in without an appointment during 9am to 4.30pm, the shop’s opening hours.
 
Work is currently taking place to refurbish the building. There is to be a reception and consulting room on the ground floor, with a lounge area, and on the first floor there will be a second consultation room, a meeting room, the kitchen and a mini library stocked with information and resources.

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