Jon Taylor, owner and Head Coach said “At BTF we are passionate about health, fitness, teamwork and overcoming personal challenges by getting out of your comfort zone and realising just how much you can achieve when you push yourself that little bit further so Tough Mudder seemed like a perfect fit
We had set ourselves a huge challenge to recruit a team of 100 people and to raise £20k to support the amazing work Nelsons Journey do in Norfolk. We may not have reached our 100 participant target but the fundraising total is currently over £30,000 and we are delighted.”
One of the participants in the challenge was Dominic Riley a landscape gardener from Thorpe St Andrew. His family were supported by Nelson’s Journey following the death of his wife in December 2006. Davina was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cervical cancer in December 2005. Dominic and Davina were due to be married in summer 2006 however her diagnosis brought their wedding forward to February of that year. Sadly Davina lost her battle in December 2006, one year after being diagnosed. She left behind two children, Mia and India then aged 4yrs and 2yrs respectively.
Mia and India were referred to Nelson’s Journey for support in March 2012, they attended a therapeutic weekend in November 2012 where they met other children who had been bereaved.
Dominic explains “I wanted to give something back to Nelson’s Journey as they helped my daughters. Raising funds for a charity which is so close to our hearts seemed like a natural thing to do. Tough Mudder is an incredibly tough challenge, I began training with BTF in January and really enjoyed the physical and mental challenge experienced at Tough Mudder.”
India said “Nelson’s Journey helped me understand better why my Mum had died and I made some new friends too.”
Mia said “It was good to spend time with other children who were in similar situations, it made me feel less lonely.”
Sophie Berry, Funding & Marketing Manager at the charity said “We are so grateful to Dominic and all those who took part in the BTF Tough Mudder challenge. There was a real team spirit among the group and they all worked very hard to raise as much money for Nelson’s Journey as possible. The money raised is enough to provide 200 young people with a place on a therapeutic weekend where they can meet others going through a similar experience share memories and express their feelings.”
India, Dom and Mia
About Nelsons Journey
During 2014, Nelson’s Journey saw an increase of nearly 20% in the demand for its service (a 25% increase was experienced in 2013). 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 2014 they received 596 referrals for bereaved children and young people needing support for bereavement issues.
Nelson’s Journey has been operating for 17yrs 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.
For more details about Nelson's Journey please visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk