A real buzz filled the air from the ball goers, guests had made a real effort, dressed in authentic Bollywood outfits and jewellery adorned to create the perfect look of the evening. This enthusiasm shone through for the main cause of the evening, Nelsons Journey, raising £2,000.00 for the Norfolk based charity who support children and young people aged 0-17 years inclusive that have experiences the death of a significant person in their life.
Zumba Instructor Rachel Evans is now in her second year of organising this themed fundraising event, she says “The Bollywood Ball was a vibrant and colourful event. It was an action packed night of interactive entertainment that fused students’ passion for Zumba and my personal love for all things Bollywood and Bhangra. It was exciting from start to finish I'm so proud of what we have achieved on every level”
The evening saw Nachde Punjabi Dancers which lit up the stage with their performance and set the tone for the rest of the evening with lively dances and audience participation. There were six Zumba instructors on the night which saw guests changing their strappy sandals to trainers to have a go at Zumba in their outfits.
Sarah Hyde, Community Funding and Marketing Officer for Nelson’s Journey said ‘We are so pleased for Rachel and her team, they put a lot of hard work and passion in for this event which is why it was such a great success. We are so thankful for the donations and money raised from this superb event, It is down to valuable contributions, such as these, that we are able to continue our vital work with bereaved children living in Norfolk.
The organisers of this brilliant event are pleased to announce there will be a third ball next year so watch this space for another creative and fun-filled evening!
For more information about Nelson’s Journey and the services they provide to children and young people in Norfolk, please visit their website at www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk
About Nelsons Journey
During 2013, Nelson’s Journey saw a further 25% increase in the demand for its service (a 67% increase was experienced in 2012). The Norfolk based charity believe this is largely down to local government funding cuts and scaling down of support services for these vulnerable individuals. During 2013 they received 506 referrals and has received over 200 this year.
Nelson’s Journey has been operating for 16yrs is a registered charity providing a service for children and young people aged 0-17 years inclusive, living in Norfolk, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. We aim to improve the emotional well being of bereaved children by: increasing their confidence and self belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement. We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.
Nelson’s Journey endeavours to ‘Bring back smiles to bereaved children’.
It is currently estimated that 1 in 29 school aged children have experienced the death of a parent or sibling, in Norfolk this equates to approximately 3,825 children. This figure is significantly higher when pre-school children and 17 year olds are included.