Norfolk, Norwich and Waveney Branch



Future events





We are holding virtual coffee mornings on the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30am for around an hour and a half. Please email to request the link. The next online coffee morning is on Wednesday 20 July 2022.


We are holding an in-person coffee morning at Notcutts on Wednesday 13 July from 11:00-13:00.


Judy and Colleen will be hosting an in-person coffee morning at Fritton Village Hall, Hill House, Beccles Road, Fritton, NR31 9HB on 27 July from 11:00-13:00.


Please read the details below as we respectfully request people attending in-person events to take a lateral flow test on the day.


We look forward to welcoming you online and in person over the coming months!





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Coffee Mornings

Branch coffee mornings are continuing online and will start at 11:30am. The next will be held on Wednesday 20 July. The online coffee mornings are informal gatherings for people with MND and their carers. Email if you would like to receive a link to one of the meetings, which will be held using Zoom. Please send a fresh email for each date so we know who to expect, there is space for everyone in a virtual meeting! We hope you will feel welcome and find them a relaxed way to meet and socialise. If you need to talk to someone after the meeting just let us know and one of us will get back to you.


We are delighted that we will be hosting our second face to face coffee morning on Wednesday 13 July at Notcutts Garden Centre, Daniels Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 6QP from 11:00-13:00.


We are also happy to add a face to face coffee morning on Wednesday 27 July at Fritton Village Hall, Hill House, Beccles Road, Fritton, NR31 9HB from 11:00-13:00.


Those attending face to face meetings are respectfully asked to take a lateral flow test on the day, this is to follow guidance issued by the MND Association and to reduce the risk of spreading infection to those living with MND. We will replace your lateral flow test when you arrive so that you are not out of pocket.


Advance notice of future dates

13 July 2022 - Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich

20 July 2022 - Online

27 July 2022 - Fritton Village Hall, Fritton

17 August 2022 - Online

24 August 2022 - Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich

31 August 2022 - Fritton Village Hall, Fritton


Open Meeting at Upton - Sunday 24 July 2022

Save the date for our Open Meeting on Sunday 24 July 2022 between 12:30pm and 3:30pm. The meeting will be held at Upton Village Hall, Cargate Lane, Norwich NR13 6AU. We look forward to serving a cold lunch prepared by Kelda’s kitchen.


Open Meeting at Wortwell - Sunday 13 November 2022

Save the date for our Open Meeting Sunday 13 November 2022 between 12:30pm and 4:00pm. The meeting will be held at Wortwell Community Centre, Tunbeck Close, Wortwell, IP20 0HS. We look forward to serving a hot lunch prepared by Kelda’s kitchen.





2022 Lisa’s MND Fundraising - Brighton Marathon and Endure 24 Reading

As always Lisa Wilson is planning to run, to quote her ’No finish line until a cure!!’. She has registered to run in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 10 April 2022. This will be followed by the Endure 24 Reading 18-19 June 2022. Lisa is raising money in memory of her husband, Steve. You can read her story and help her reach her target HERE


Thursday 7 July 2022 Wymondham U3A Coffee Morning in support of the Norfolk, Norwich and Waveney Branch of the MND Association


Note, the date has changed since the last edition of Fightback as Central Hall is hosting a blood donation session on 23 June and the coffee morning would have had to end early as a consequence!


The coffee morning will run from 9am - 12 noon at Wymondham Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham, NR18 0QB. There is plenty of paid parking in the car park behind Central Hall. It is a wheelchair accessible venue.


Everyone is invited to swell their numbers on this occasion, there is a small entry charge of 50p to cover tea/coffee. The normal activities will be taking place - knit and natter, games, crosswords etc. If you have raffle prizes, or ideas for activities to raise money, please contact Sue Heal on 01953 606569 or email


Monday 11 July 2022 at Bawburgh Golf Club, Barnard Charity Golf Day

The Barnard Charity Day has been run by the golf club for the past 30 years in support of various local and national charities. This well recognised day is also supported by golfers from other clubs in Norfolk. This year the Bawburgh Golf Club have kindly said that the proceeds of this event will be shared by the MND Association and the Bawburgh School.


Teams of 4 players will pay £200 for the round which also includes breakfast and a BBQ after the round of golf. There will also be a silent auction and raffle on the day. The silent auction is generally for donations of a meal for two, round of golf or similar. The raffle prizes are of good bottles of wine or gift sets.


This is set to be a well attended event, and your help would be appreciated – if anyone is able to offer items for the silent auction or raffle the club would be very grateful. If you would like to help on the day please contact our Care Service Navigator Trish by email at or by phone on 07813 094820.


If you would like to enter a team of four you can download the flyer with application form here. For more information about the day keep an eye on their website or telephone 01603 740404.


Sunday 7 August 2022 Hoveton Village Charity Fete

The Hoveton and Wroxham Lions Club are organising a Charity Fete on Sunday 7 August between 10:00 and 16:00 at Hoveton Village Hall and playing field. They plan fun for all the family, craft stalls, trade stalls, charity stalls, games, climbing wall, amusements, classic cars, bar and refreshments. Admission £2.50 with under 16’s free.


The branch are pleased to have been offered a pitch for a charity stall, which we will use to raise awareness of MND and the work of the branch locally. Of course, it would be good to raise some money too. We will have Association merchandise for sale and a guess the name of the Eagle (a soft toy). Do you have other fundraising ideas to share? If you would like to help on the day Grace has kindly offered to coordinate the rota of volunteers; contact her by email at or by phone (not mornings) on 07587 175141.


Helen’s London Marathon 2 October 2022

by Helen Sia

"I am running the London Marathon 2022 in my memory of my Dad, Dave Bonney who sadly passed away from MND in May 2019. My Dad bravely battled with MND for nearly two years and he fought to the end. My Dad was a strong, stubborn man who thought that MND was an inconvenience that he had to put up with and that got in the way of the things he really wanted to do – go on holiday, potter around the garden, fix things in the garage and most importantly spend time with his family, his two grandchildren in particular.


I first decided to run the London Marathon for the MND Association shortly after his diagnosis but sadly didn’t get a place. After a couple more attempts I got the phone call I was waiting for – an offer of a charity place! And so the training has begun, using my local streets and parks I’m slowly building up the miles. When I’m back home in North Walsham I find running around the local area a comfort as I remember the walks we used to go on together and I always make a point of visiting a boat my Dad restored as part of a local charity. I hope that I can use some of the strength that my Dad had to get me through the Marathon and raise as much money as I can for the MND Association."


We wish Helen well in her training, and thank her for running to support the Association. Please visit her JustGiving page if you would like to donate.

Dave Bonney with Helen, Christmas 2018
Helen during a training run in Dave’s home town of North Walsham next to a flower planter boat that he restored for North Walsham in Bloom – known to her children as 'Grandad's boat’
Helen after a training run.


Sunday 2 October 2022 TCS London Marathon

by Darren Millard

Hello my name is Darren, I’m 43. I started running a couple of years ago to help with my weight loss and after losing 6 1/2 stone decided it was time to apply to run the London Marathon for the MND Association.


I lost my best mate Gavin Casey to MND In April 2019 and then a month later lost a 2nd close friend Paul Hainsworth to the same disease. So I have plenty of motivation and support to hopefully smash this.


My just giving link is