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Holt Rotary Club Support Nelson's Journey

Written by  Gena Moore
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 (L-R) John Sizeland, John Richley and Frank Fidgeon present the cheque to Nelson’s Journey CEO Simon Wright (second right) outside Smiles House. (L-R) John Sizeland, John Richley and Frank Fidgeon present the cheque to Nelson’s Journey CEO Simon Wright (second right) outside Smiles House.

Members of the Rotary Club of Holt and District have raised £600 for local charity Nelson’s Journey who support bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk. Rotarian John Sizeland and his wife Mary held a lunch at their home in Erpingham, where a raffle and other fundraising activities were held to raise the total amount.

The club, who aim to help the local community thrive through bringing together the skills, experience and enthusiasm of retired local business people, were spurred into fundraising after a talk from a staff member from the charity. President John Richley, Treasurer Frank Fidgeon, along with John Sizeland, visited the charity’s home, Smiles House, in Little Plumstead to deliver the cheque directly to CEO Simon Wright. The three members also received a tour of the building, learned how Nelson’s Journey supports bereaved children and young people onsite, and met several members of the Child Bereavement Support Team. 

Simon Wright, CEO of Nelson’s Journey said “It was brilliant to meet the representatives from Holt Rotary Club. They have raised a fantastic amount of money for the cause, enough to provide a package of bereavement support for a child so that they can move forward positively with their life.

This includes an assessment of the child’s needs, 1:1 support and a therapeutic residential weekend at Hilltop Outdoor Centre where they can rebuild their confidence, learn coping mechanisms for their emotions and preserve the memory of the person who died.

We rely on support from local community groups like Holt Rotary Club to further the aims of our cause and really appreciate their contribution. They are an outstanding group who we hope to work with more in future.”

President of Holt Rotary Club, John Richley told us “We are very pleased to donate a cheque for £600 to Nelson’s Journey to help them with the wonderful support they provide to bereaved children and their families. We had a very interesting trip around the charity’s new base and already have plans for a coffee morning fundraiser in September to raise more valuable funds for this fantastic local cause.”

For more information about Nelson’s Journey, please visit their website at www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk.

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. 

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