Dereham barber’s cottage calendar will support children’s charity

Gingerbread Cottage calendar

Gingerbread Cottage calendar - Credit: Archant

A Dereham barber, who for the past three years has produced a charity calendar featuring his picturesque 19th century cottages, will be supporting Norfolk child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey this year.

Mark Piper, who runs The Barbers of Dereham in the Market Place, took over the derelict Gingerbread Cottages in Quebec Road, formerly the lodges to Quebec Hall, in 1999.

He completely renovated them and started taking photographs throughout the year showing both the building and surrounding meadows and woodland.

In 2010 he produced his first calendar to raise £1000 for the Light Dragoons.

They have proved to be very popular with both local people in those further afield.

'We have had people come from Bungay in Suffolk to buy the calendar,' he said.

The 2013 calendar raised about £1,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and 2014's images have raised £750 towards this year's Dereham's Christmas lights.

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He said he chose Nelson's Journey for the 2015 calendar as some of his customers had benefitted from the charity.

'Losing a parent at any time is hard enough but I couldn't imagine how hard it must be for a child,' he said. 'I like to support local charity and I like the fact that this is for children as well.'

The calendar, which costs £5.99 with at least £1.50 going to charity, will be available from The Barbers of Dereham and from Nelson's Journey in Norwich. Mr Piper is also planning to get it in local stores.