Talent contest winner Holly, left, receives a cheque from Claire Sanders.

Members of a recently-formed fundraising group proved Heacham has talent on Sunday.

Founders of West Norfolk Healing Hearts held a fun-filled talent competition in the village and nine acts took part.

Holly Mathias emerged as the winner, scooping the £50 top prize, with Naomi Rix as runner-up and winner of £25. Compere for the contest was Joshy Chilvers.

Organisers Claire Sanders and Samantha Pratt, of Healing Hearts, raised £655 towards their £5,000 target to buy two life-saving defibrillators for the village.

They previously raised £250 towards the target during a recent Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the village.

Proceeds from the tea party also resulted in £100 being donated to the retained crew at Heacham Fire Station.

The party, where people were asked to don fancy hats, was organised in memory of fire station campaigner Tracey Swann, who died in a fire at her home just over a year ago.

Ms Swann spearheaded a campaign to save the station from closure due to county budget cuts and she also helped to fundraise at the station’s open days.

Next month, the group plans to hold a pamper event and Christmas fair at Heacham Public Hall.

It will be on Sunday, November 26 at 10am. Admission will be £1 and there will be stalls, a raffle and crafts. Money raised will go the defibrillator appeal.

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