Sheringham Shoal helps ‘About with Friends’ become ‘green’

Ross McMillan (far right) addresses guests of ‘About with Friends’ at the Grand Switch On

Ross McMillan (far right) addresses guests of ‘About with Friends’ at the Grand Switch On

A small group of supporters, trustees and members of the Cromer-based organisation, ‘About with Friends’, gathered with representatives of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm at its operational base on 24th January 2017, to witness the ‘Grand Switch On’ of a new lighting system. The replacement of old fluorescent tubing with modern, long-lasting LED tubes was made possible by a £5,000 grant from the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund.

Responding to thanks from Helen Dalton-Hare, founder and CEO of ‘About with Friends’, Ross McMillan, Head of Operations at Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm said:

“The company set up its Community Fund in 2010 to help North Norfolk community groups finance projects that focus on renewable energy, marine environment and safety, sustainability or education in these areas. The ‘About with Friends’ project to install LED lighting fell neatly within these parameters, and the Fund panel was very pleased to be able to play a part in the successful changeover.”

The speeches were followed by canapés served by members of ‘About with Friends’

‘About with Friends’ is a charity that aims to give people with learning difficulties the life skills, experiences and opportunities that should be available to us all. It offers adult leisure experiences, supported living and a youth and transition services. Two of the more visible enterprises are the Community Café and the Community Shop in Cromer, both staffed by members of ‘About with Friends’.

The Sheringham Shoal Community Fund is managed by the Norfolk Community Foundation. Since 2010 the fund has awarded over £457,000 in grant funding; for further information about making an application to the fund can be found at

Sheringham Shoal Community Find supports projects that make a difference in North Norfolk, tackling issues including climate change, sustainable communities, marine environment / safety, renewable energy and education / employment.

The 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, which is operated by Statkraft, is situated between 9-17 miles off the coast of North Norfolk, and in 2015, its 88 wind turbines produced 1164GWh, sufficient electricity for 278,000 UK homes [DECC DUKES]

For further information please contact:

Kimberley Daye
Statkraft UK Communications Manager,
T: 020 7448 8263
M: 07920 260795


Nigel Tompkins
New Ideas for Business
T: 01263 822427
M: 07860 206565

Issue Date: 30-01-2017