From left, Sue Barham, Zoe Hall, Tina Stephens and Claire Taylor help to launch Celebrate 35.

The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, has launched a special appeal and challenge to mark its 35th birthday.

 West Norfolk residents have been urged to get involved with the Hillington-based hospice’s Celebrate 35 campaign.

Plans for a big party have been put on hold until next spring at the earliest, due to the pandemic, but the birthday campaign is a way of celebrating in the meantime.   

Hospice chief executive Lyndsay Carter said: “I am so proud to work at The Norfolk Hospice with such a fantastic team. We all take enormous pride in the fact that we are able to provide specialist support to more and more families every year.

 “During the last 35 years the hospice has gone from seeing 100 patients a year to more than 1,300 a year. 

“We invite you to celebrate our success and we hope that in the next 35 years we can reach out to thousands more.”

Donations to help the work of the hospice can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tappingbday or you can fundraise by taking part in your own 35 Challenge.

Choose a challenge and do it your way throughout August.

You can use the numbers 3 and 5 to maybe walk or cycle 3.5 miles or 35 miles, take inspiration from 100-year-old fundraiser Captain Tom Moore and complete laps of your garden or you might decide to have a head shave and get rid of those lockdown locks. The challenge is up to you. 

There will be medals for those who raise more than £35. Find out more at: www.norfolkhospice.org.uk/35-challenge

Celebrate 35 follows the hospice’s bed appeal in June which raised more than £40,000 and funded the opening of five extra palliative care beds for three months at the height of the pandemic. The registered charity provides free care, comfort and compassion to residents in North and West Norfolk nearing the end of their lives and provides support for families and friends.

The hospice was born from Hospice Home Care first launched by Dr Hugh Ford. It was based at Snettisham until the opening of the Wheatfields site in 2016. The inpatient unit opened in 2017.