Caravan rally raises cash for bereaved parents

An armada of caravans trundled onto Fakenham Racecourse to enjoy an annual rally which raised �2,233 for a charity for bereaved parents.

The Greentree Owners Rally brought 133 caravans and more than 600 people for a weekend of arena events and fun including motorcycle display teams, comedians and live music.

There were also fundraising activities and raffles of donated prizes, with the proceeds given to the maternity bereavement fund at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The money was presented by Justyn and Tanya Greentree, who founded the Memories charity after their own daughter Molly was stillborn last year.

Tanya said the money could be used to pay for keepsakes like blankets, teddy bears and photographs for grieving parents, but also to buy equipment for maternity wards.

'Justyn and I lost our daughter last year, but we walked out of the hospital with keepsakes,' she said. 'We found out the money had been raised from donations, but they had never had a continuous supply.

'We came away thinking that if that money dried up, people who had lost a child would come away from hospital with nothing. We jumped at the chance to contribute to the maternity bereavement fund, and this is a fantastic amount of money to have raised.'

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The event was organised for the customers of Greentrees Adventurestore, on Hurn Road in Dereham, run by Justyn's brother Neil Greentree.

Rally organiser Nathan Dack said: 'The rain didn't help much, but everyone has had a whale of a time and we will be doing it all again next year.'