Like so many businesses and organisations across the county, the Norfolk Show is always a busy week for us and for the past few years we have embraced our long-standing association with Buy Local, taking a stand in their members marquee. We think it is a great way to meet the public and interact with businesses, sharing news and information about what we do.

This year, however, The Royal Norfolk Show was a fabulous opportunity to celebrate our 25th anniversary and thanks to our amazing sponsors and supporters, we took full advantage!

Of course, we wanted to have a stand with Buy Local again but this year we went bigger and bolder, taking a larger spot outside the marquee where we were able to showcase our furniture shops. We even had up-cycling demonstrations, which went down really well with visitors.

In addition, we were kindly invited into the Coop Funeral Care stand, where we had a fabulous Paint Your Own activity taking place for adults and children wanting to sit down and get creative by painting their own ceramic butterflies! Paint your own butterflies were also on display at the Langley School stand and of course, our wonderful headline sponsor, Norwich High School for Girls had a paint your own activity with some of the beautiful butterflies the girls had created also on display. As if this wasn’t enough, we also had a presence in the Horticultural area, where our butterflies were perfectly at home amongst the glorious flowers and plants.

The icing on the cake, however, came thanks to Ben Turner and his wonderful team at Ben Burgess. Their stand typically showcases some of the best farming, construction and grounds care machinery available in East Anglia and this year was no exception. In support of The Benjamin Foundation, however, they had branded one of their magnificent tractors with our trademark butterflies! It was a real attraction and they went on to win ‘Best Agricultural Trade Stand’, an award which was presented to them by HRH The Countess of Wessex.

The Ben Burgess Butterfly Tractor will be making more appearances at shows and events throughout the year, but in the meantime, it is being put to work and last week could be seen delivering a cultivator to a happy customer!

What an amazing couple of days and a huge thanks to all these fantastic companies and organisations who made it all possible.

The Benjamin Foundation have helped me gain independence, confidence, self-esteem and I have discovered more about myself. They have given me great opportunities and I am ever so grateful to be a part of it. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know where I’d be today. Thank you for shaping my life and giving me hope for a future.

Young person supported by our Housing and Homelessness service

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