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Vital Fakenham charity secures future and gets back to business

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16.10.2021

First Focus, in Fakenham, provides a range of support and was at risk of closure at the end of October. Reporter Aaron McMillan spoke to manager of, Clarissa Belson, after the community rallied round to secure its future.

Walking into First Focus today, compared to my first visit six weeks ago, the atmosphere has certainly changed. More members were returning and familiar faces were sharing laughs, or getting excited about the planned return of activities for the group.

The fact the charity has secured more time in its bid to remain in place for years to come might have some part to play.

The group was facing closure in just under two weeks, but now has the money to keep the lights on until March 2022.

The manager of First Focus, Clarissa Belson, with the letter warning of the closure date. - Credit: Aaron McMillan

This is thanks to grants that Clarissa Belson and Pauline Hicks have secured, and also, to some very generous gestures made by local people.

In recent weeks, it has received donations from people, including one man........

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