Joy as charity secures top donation

A Great Yarmouth charity has topped a poll to win a crucial slice of funding.

DIAL, based in King Street, left five other shortlised good causes trailing to receive the top donation of £7,000 in a campaign run by Hopkins Homes.

Some 2,200 votes were cast from across the county to wind a share in a £10,000 donation.

The Matthew Project and St Martins Housing came second and third and will receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

Hopkins Homes will also donate £250 to each of the three remaining charities - About with Friends, Daisy Programme and Sunbeams Play.

Jo Howes, manager at DIAL, said: "We are delighted to have won the public vote and by the level of support we received. "We give free confidential, financial and personal advice to disabled and vulnerable people in the borough and this will make a huge difference to the lives of many people.

"The money will help us to fund a part-time benefits advisor so that we can support more people in need."