In the five years that Mintlyn Crematorium has been part of the scheme, around £30,000 has been donated to local charities. This year staff members at Mintlyn Crematorium have chosen to support Nelson’s Journey.
Founded in 1997 by a group of Norfolk social workers, Nelson’s Journey works to support bereaved children in Norfolk by providing therapeutic breaks and the opportunity to talk to professionals and other young people about their bereavement.
Borough Mayor, Cllr Colin Manning, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the work done by Nelson's Journey. Locally, many families have used the service and we hope that this donation helps them to continue to provide that much-needed support for children coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.”
Gena Moore, Corporate Marketing and Funding Officer, Nelson’s Journey, said, " We are so grateful for the support of Mintlyn Crematorium through its charitable metal recycling scheme. Such a huge amount of money will go a long way in the help and support we can provide to children and young people in the local area who are dealing with the death of a loved one.
"Last year the charity had 596 referrals for bereaved children and young people, with more of these coming from Kings Lynn and West Norfolk than any other borough in the county, so we know that this money will go directly into benefitting local bereaved families. We receive very little statutory funding, so donations like this from the local community help us to keep up with the growing demands on our service. "
Mintlyn Crematorium is owned and operated by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. Previously, the crematorium used money raised through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) scheme to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers, SANDS (Stillborn and Neonatal Death Society) and Friends in Bereavement.
For more information about Nelson's Journey please visit: www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk