East Coast Truckers take youngsters on a special day out


 With a chorus of honking horns and lots of smiling faces, a convoy of trucks set off from County Hall, in Norwich, for an extra special day out.

The East Coast Truckers set off from County Hall on their charity convoy. Oliver Walsh with his driver Arron Peters.

19:50 28 August 2016

The East Coast Truckers children’s convoy took place today, and saw more than 60 trucks take scores of excited youngsters on a trip from Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills and Great Yarmouth.

They were also joined by members of the emergency services for the 70-vehicle procession which created a great spectacle on the county’s roads.

The East Coast Truckers have become famous for the annual event – now in its 31st year – which aims to give children with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds a day they will never forget.

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Lack of nurses in Norfolk for dementia prompts appeal


The Wymondham Dementia Support Group

Dianne Fernee, organiser of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group, with some of the knitted and crochet forget me knots she is collecting, hoping to get 17,000, one for each person living with dementia in Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Wymondham Dementia Support Group has launched an appeal to get together 17,000 knitted and crocheted forget-me-nots, one for every person in Norfolk living with dementia.

The group’s organiser, Dianne Fernee, said the campaign was to highlight the lack of Admiral nurses, who are specialists in dementia.

Mrs Fernee said: “Admiral nurses are a lifeline for people with dementia, but there are only two of them serving 17,000 people, which isn’t nearly enough.

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PIC BY DAN ROWLANDS/MERCURY PRESS (PICTURED: NICOLA COLENSO, YASMIN, 8, HARVEY, 13, ALFIE, 8 AND RICK MURRAY) A mum and dad claim they were subjected to a torrent of abuse when their disabled eight-year-old daughter interrupted another passengers beauty sleep' on flight home from Ibiza - before she was taken to hospital. Nicola Colenso and partner Rick Murray were aboard a Jet2 Manchester-bound flight on Saturday lunchtime when Yasmin [Murray] began experiencing a meltdown due to her disabilities, which include rare neurological condition Sturge-Weber Syndrome. As the couple worked hard to calm Yasmin down, a nearby female passenger in her mid-20s, wearing heavy make-up and false eyelashes, turned round and said shut that child up!. Despite Ricks explanations about Yasmins condition, the couple were berated in front of their four children and Rick was branded a pr*ck by the woman for not keeping his daughter quiet. The family had to call an ambulance to rush Yasmin to hospital later that night when her condition worsened and her lips turned blue. SEE MERCURY COPY

Mum shames ‘sickening’ passenger who screamed abuse at ill child because she was crying on flight

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