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60 seconds with . . . Simon Clipsom

PUBLISHED: 11:54 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 25 September 2018

Youngsters at Cromer Junior School load up presents they donated as part of last year's shoe box appeal, supported by Morrisons supermarket. 
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Youngsters at Cromer Junior School load up presents they donated as part of last year's shoe box appeal, supported by Morrisons supermarket. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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From school breakfast clubs and church flower festivals, to charities ranging from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, to Norfolk Heart Trust, staff and customers at Morrison supermarket, Cromer, have helped raise tens of thousands for good causes.

This week, we talk to the store’s community champion Simon Clipsom, whose fundraising efforts have seen him organise in-store performances from groups including Norwich Samba Band and Croydon Steel Orchestra, sell tickets at Cromer carnival bingo night and celebrate his 50th birthday by launching a Facebook appeal to raise funds for the store’s nominated charity Clic Sargent, which supports children with cancer and their families.

Mr Clipsom is now working with Christian charity Blythswood Care to encourage Cromer folk to fill a shoebox to be sent at Christmas to needy youngsters and adults in poverty-stricken eastern European countries.

Mr Clipsom, who has been a cashier at Morrisons for more than 20 years, often finds his community champion role encroaching on his spare time.

“It does take up my life, but it is a pleasure,” he said. “I am just happy to be able to help the local community and it is thanks to the generosity of our customers that I am able to do that.”

Mr Clipsom would be grateful for donations of empty shoeboxes, which can be left at Morrisons customer services desk.

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