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Eye Opportunity Group overwhelmed by support after being targeted by vandals

A group for children with additional needs has been overwhelmed by support after being repeatedly targeted by vandals.

Eye Opportunity Group in Castleton Way has received hundreds of pounds in donations, with dozens of people offering to help.

During a series of break-ins in May, equipment and toys were irreparably damaged, with the charity estimating the cost of the damage at close to £5,000.

Staff and children at the playgroup. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Staff and children at the playgroup. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Local businesses and individuals, such as Ben Last, Craig Williams and the Ashberry family, have decided to support the group with practical help, such as the installation of an intruder alarm.

Group co-ordinator Sanchia Brandreth said: “It’s been absolutely wonderful. We’ve had so many offers of help and donations. A huge thank you to everyone.”

Among the companies to offer their services for free was Hughes Electrical, Malthouse Security Ltd, electrician Robbie Aldred and Frames Conservatories Direct. Inflata-Fun is setting up a bouncy castle for the children for two days.

Other organisations, such as Diss Rotary Club, Hartismere Place, Diss Arts Society, Diss Football Club, the Hartismere League of Friends and The Handyman have raised cash.

The charity, which is self-funded, needs around £40,000 a year to provide vital support to families across Norfolk and Suffolk.

“I would not want people to forget us in the future,” said Mrs Brandreth. “Once we are up and running, we still need to raise funds to continue operating.”

To make a donation, visit their fundraising page.

The group is also looking for volunteers to repair the roof of one of their wooden buildings in the garden.

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