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Frank Bruno at Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Smile Ball Dunston Hall

© Copyright 2012 Anastacia Tohill, Yessica’s Journey Blog. All rights reserved. Please do not copy or download images or text.

Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Website
On Saturday 22nd September Norwich and Central Norfolk held a Ball at the De Vere Dunston Hall Hotel to raise awareness about mental health difficulties and raise funds. Frank Bruno who has Bipolar came to support the event by posing for photos and giving an interview on stage with Trisha Goddard who is a patron of Mind. The evening was a great success and the charity raised a good amount of funding from the event.
Frank Bruno and all the volunteers at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Smile Ball at Dunston Hall

Frank Bruno and all the volunteers at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Smile Ball at Dunston Hall

I asked if we could have a photo with Frank Bruno with the volunteers. We volunteered on the night to help welcome guests as they arrived to the event and sell raffle tickets to raise money. We all had lovely blue t-shirts for the event. We also had a fantastic meal.

Anastacia and Frank Bruno at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Ball

Frank Bruno and Anastacia at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Smile Ball

I had several photos taken with Frank, he is a lovely warm person, really friendly and has a great sense of humor, he really made me laugh and I am pleased I had the opportunity to meet him.

The Smile Ball Marquee before the guests arrive

The Smile Ball Marquee before the guests arrive

This is a picture of the event before the guests arrived. The event was held in a marquee in the Dunston Hall grounds. It looked great. We also had a stand with Mind information.

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This is Paola the Inclusion Manager, myself and one of the volunteers at the event having a good time.

Trisha Goddard interviewing Frank Bruno at the Ball

Trisha Goddard interviewing Frank Bruno at the Ball

Trisha Goddard interviewing Frank Bruno on stage. The interview was really good and Frank talked about his mental health difficulties and answered questions from Trisha and the guests. He had everyone laughing, his humor is brilliant and to make people smile is a great gift.

Trisha Goddard interviewing Frank Bruno at the Ball

Trisha Goddard interviewing Frank Bruno at the Ball

Trisha Goddard interviewing Frank Bruno at the Ball

Trisha Goddard interviewing Frank Bruno at the Ball

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Peter Gianfrancesco, Chief Executive at Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind giving a speech at the Smile Ball

Peter Gianfrancesco who is the Chief Executive of Norwich Mind also gave a speech at the event and was pleased the event was a great success.

Guests at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Ball

Guests at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Ball

Guests at the Event

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We had to leave the event early but I had a great time and really enjoyed it. Later on there was music and dancing and a singer Dominic Uppiah.

Frank Bruno and Anastacia at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Smile Ball

Frank Bruno and Anastacia at the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Smile Ball

Frank and me having a laugh. I was not even ready for this photo, the photographer just took it as we were laughing so much. My arm looks like a matchstick compared to Franks hand, he is a big friendly guy. Below some more pictures I took.

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Festival of Cultures, Mind Inclusion, 16th September

Norwich Mind Inclusion Project Website

Norwich Mind Festival of Cultures

© Copyright 2012 Anastacia Tohill, Yessica’s Journey Blog. All rights reserved. Please do not copy or download images or text. Screenshot from Festival of Cultures Poster Norwich Mind Inclusion and information from Paola Colombo.

Festival of Cultures Poster

Norwich Mind Inclusion Project is for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Norwich? It offers support for people from BME communities who live in Norwich.

The Festival of Cultures is being held for the first time at the Norwich Forum on the 16th of September and is part of the Inclusion Project. Please come along for a fun day out. I was thrilled to be asked to be a volunteer as an artistic director looking after the Cinema tent which will be showing a showreel of Time to Change videos about mental health and wellbeing and Mind Inclusion work.

Quote and information from Paola Colombo, Inclusion Manager at Norwich Mind Inclusion‘Each year the Festival of Culture provides a focus through which Norwich Mind actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of multiculturalism, equality, and diversity in our fine city.

The 2012 Festival of Cultures celebrates the fabulous diversity of arts and histories in our city with performances from around the world and activities for anyone to join in.  And it’s FREE.

  • Have a go at Bollywood style dancing
  • Sing along with artist from all over the world
  • Be moved by stories of people who have decided to make Norwich their home
  • See preconceptions challenged by the Human Library

Here are some of the day’s highlights
On the stage

  • Norwich Malayalees – Traditional dance from South India
  • Filippo the Miserable Man – Reggae
  • Cece Dube – Zimbabwean singer-song writer
  • Rai and Jagga – Nubian world music
  • Zumba – Dance fitness programme originating from Colombia
  • Traditional Russian Repka dance and choir
  • Kelly Kanayama – Pacific Rim story-telling
  • Bollywood Sparkles – Bollywood-style dance
  • Capoeira – Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music
  • Leontine Mujinga – Congolese a capella singing
  • Egyptian Dancing with Lorraine
  • Anna Mudeka – Zimbabwean Singer and Dancer
  • Cultural Village: meet people from countries all over the world who have decided tp make Norwich their home and learn about their various cultures
  • Norwich Mind’s Tigers Football Club Corner (raffle, face painting for children, information service)
  • Human Library

Workshops

  • Theatre
  • Egyptian Dancing
  • Art – Making world bunting
Complementary therapies
  • Indian head and back massage
  • Egyptian Massage
  • Aromatherapy

 For info please contact Paola on  01603 433268 ext 3 option Inclusion Manager’